POPLARVILLE, Miss. — The Pearl River women ended the fall semester on a high note with a 13-point victory to close out Northwest Florida State College's tournament on Dec. 13.
In an effort to keep the squad focused on the goal ahead and a strong spring semester, coach Scotty Fletcher welcomed his Wildcats back every couple weeks for a quick workout before releasing them once again to spend time at home.
Once the calendar hit 2020, however, the Wildcats have been zeroed in on the schedule ahead — which starts Tuesday with a 5:30 p.m. tilt at Delgado.
"We took a little time off to rest but really came back focused," Fletcher said following Monday's practice. "We got at it pretty good. I couldn't be more proud of how they came back with their mindset. There's a renewed energy in the air."
Fletcher's squads always have the reputation of being hard to play against. They show that same grinding persona during practices as well — even after lengthy layoffs, such as winter break.
"We have definitely kept the same attitude," Fletcher said, "and brought our lunch box to work every day.
"I couldn't be more pleased with our attention in areas where we needed to improve."
Tuesday's contest in New Orleans marks PRCC's final non-conference contest before the Wildcats get into MACJC competition on a nightly basis.
The Wildcats return to league competition Thursday with a 5:30 p.m. home showdown against East Central at Marvin R. White Coliseum.
"We have a lot of respect for every opponent on our schedule. We have 15 games that are guaranteed and we know how tough each one will be," Fletcher said. "The only thing we can do is concentrate on ourselves to make sure we're getting better and growing in all areas of our program."
The Wildcats are averaging 70.4 points per game while rebounding at a 31.5 clip.
Mychala "Pooh" Linzy (Clinton) leads all Wildcats with 13.9 ppg. Alanna Smith (Picayune), Maliyah Bullard (Pass Christian) and Jakia Harper (Jackson; Provine) round out PRCC's leaders, averaging 8.3, 7.9 and 7.3 ppg.
All PRCC home competitions are streamed live at PRCCMedia.com/gold.
Games will also be broadcast on WRJW 1320 AM, WRJWRadio.com and on the WRJW smart phone app.
Anyone who has an Amazon Fire or Roku device can stream PRCC broadcasts by downloading the "Pearl River CC" Channel from the app store.