JohnCarl Morgan and Rusty Mercer were walking a fine line the last couple of days.
Their respective Miami High School basketball teams had things they needed to work on, but they also realize that there's still two games left as part of a busy week.
MHS travels to Locust Grove tonight then entertains Vinita Saturday in make-up games at the Dogdome.
Those games come on the heels of games Monday at Seneca, Mo., and Tuesday at home with Wagoner.
“We're tired, but we've tried to correct our mistakes and try not to wear ourselves out since we play back to back,” Mercer said. “This time of year, you kinda lighten up practice-wise anyway. You get into the part of the season where you have to keep your legs as fresh as possible. With the scenario we're faced with, it was definitely a couple of light days.”
“We needed some time off,” Morgan said. “We're tired. Still, we had some things we needed to get done. It's a delicate balance having a four-game week, between overdoing and not doing enough.”
Miami's boys dropped a 58-46 decision to Seneca, then faltered down the stretch in a 65-56 loss to Wagoner the next night.
The Lady Wardogs, stuck in an eight-game losing streak, dropped a 54-24 decision at Seneca then suffered a heartbreaking 57-51 loss to Wagoner.
Tonight's games will be played in Locust Grove's new activities center. The facility was opened last Saturday with the final round of the school's basketball tournament.
Since its LGHS' homecoming, the boys' game will be played first with the girls' contest following at about 8 p.m.
Saturday's games with Vinita had been postponed from Dec. 11 due to the massive ice storm.
Both Vinita teams are in the top five in the OKRankings.com 4A poll. The boys are third in 4A while the girls are fifth.
After the weekend games, Miami is idle until Thursday, when it begins play in the Northeastern A&M tournament.