The high school basketball season spans from the end of November to mid-February, but according to Harvard High School Girls' Basketball Head Coach Sam Boshart, it's those nine months away from the game that are the most important and that's something his team did not convince him they knew this season.
"We didn't put the work in in the offseason and that's where if you want to get better as a team, better as a player, that's where you gotta do it because you're just not going to get a whole lot better during the season," said Boshart.
Because of the lack of effort in the offseason, Coach Boshart came into the locker room at the beginning of the year and drew a number on the board predicting how many games he thought the girls would win this season. That number? Zero.
Boshart said, "I think at first, they [the team] were shocked, but then it started to click in their heads like, 'we didn't do what we were supposed to do' and I think they took that as kind of a challenge."
A senior on the team, Brenda Segura said, "I honestly believed it too because the effort wasn't there, no one came in for practices, but I do believed that we push hard during practices and our games."
Now, halfway into the season, the Cardinals have attained two wins, but coach says this season has been less about wins and losses, and more about improving every day.
"It's up to them if they want to continue to get better," says Boshart, "but right now, attitude-wise, I'd say they're ready to keep getting better and to keep fighting."
Now that they've fought to prove their coach wrong, a new focus has become the team win goal, which is: "At least four was our goal," says junior Shelby Smith.
"We've got two! So, we're halfway there!"