It can be tough to find a flow when a basketball game is stopped — on average — every 56 seconds because of fouls.
That wasn’t the case for the Missoula Big Sky girls on Saturday in a battle with Kalispell Flathead, a brawl-of-a-game that saw 51 fouls whistled combined. That’s because the Eagles practice in a similar environment, coach Damian Droessler said.
“When we do our four-minute drill,” Droessler said of game-type situation practice sessions, “we call the fouls right there. You get over aggressive, we call the fouls. We practice fouling, or starting I guess, and having to try and get it going again.”
The Eagles drew 27 personal fouls and one technical in their Western AA victory over Flathead, so there were plenty of opportunities to put that practice to good use.
“Tonight was one of those nights that it felt like it carried over and we were able to regain our rhythm if it was stopped and starting,” the coach added.
The Eagles shot 36 free throws in the game, including 23 in the first half. The team made 23 for the game, taking better than 40 percent of its 55 total points from charity shots.
Big Sky evened its record at 4-4 in league games with the win.