That mid-conference grind. The time of the schedule where the early conference pep is gone and the closing excitement is still a few games away. It is the time of the year teams have to dig down and just grind.
The bus ride home from Concordia has not involved much celebrating. In fact, it had been seven years since the Barton Community College women's basketball team enjoyed the ride back to Great Bend following a win over Cloud County.
Some portions of a schedule are tougher than others. Thanks to a make-up reshuffling earlier this year, the Barton Community College women's basketball had about as tough a 3-game stretch as anyone in the nation will play this season.
On a night when Gene Butler, a member of the highest scoring team in school history, was inducted into the Barton Sports Hall of Fame, the current Cougars showed him they can score a few points as well. Barton hit triple digits for the third time in seven conference games in a 100-90 win over Pratt.
It was another banner day on the track for Barton Community College standout Lydia Mato. The sophomore shattered the Barton women's record for the 5000m indoor by an astonishing 16 seconds to lead the Cougars during the Holiday Inn Invitational on the campus of the University of Nebraska.
It has been a hectic nine days for the Barton Community College men's basketball team. Nine days that including five games, three suspensions, two ranked opponents and one rival. Oh, yeah, and four wins.
It has been a rugged five days for the Barton Community College women's basketball team. About as tough a 5-day stretch as any team in the nation will see this season. It came to a conclusion Wednesday night with a loss Hutchinson, 73-45 at the Barton Gym.
The Jayhawk Conference only uses Monday's for some spot games and makeup games as a playing date for basketball. The Barton Community College men's basketball team might want to petition to make it a regular playing day.
Sometimes it is as simple as putting the ball in the basket. A lot of different factors weigh into a team's ability to win a basketball game but it can also be as simple as if a team can't make a basket it can't score and it can't win.