Snider girls basketball coach Ryan Gould seems to have gotten his team's attention.
Or maybe the back-to-back losses last week to Bishop Luers and South Side that cost the Panthers the top two spots in the SAC did the trick.
After losses at Bishop Luers (57-43) last Monday and at South Side (82-73) last Saturday cast some doubts on the Class 4A No. 8 and SAC tournament champion Panthers, the first two games of the sectional has brought back some of that confidence.
Can that Snider swagger be too far behind?
"It's disheartening to see us lose the way we did at the end of the year, but our girls have refocused their attention to this week," Gould said after beating East Noble 64-17 and Northrop 60-46 at the Carroll Sectional. "Playing at Luers and playing at South Side, if that doesn't prepare you for the sectional, regional or even semistate, than I don't know what will. That's what we told the girls. That's the benefit of playing in our conference. You see every style of play. You see everything."
The Panthers (19-4) had beaten Northrop (9-11) pretty easily in the regular season 69-45, but those same Bruins team had done what Snider couldn't do, and that was beat SAC champion Bishop Luers.
"We were definitely concerned to play Northrop, seeing them beat Luers the way they did," Gould said.