Glasgow boys basketball head coach Norm Braaten allowed his team a little time to rest at the beginning of the winter break.
Business picked up as usual after Christmas as his squad returned to the practice court on Thursday to prepare for the second half of the season that starts on the road against Glendive.
When the Scotties do return to the court, it will be without Jake Kolstad, who will be shut down for at least a week with back problems.
“He kind of aggravates it with anything we do,” Braaten said.
The first game out of the break for Glasgow is against Glendive. The Scotties are very familiar with Glendive as the two teams have met regularly over the years.
“This year, they’re one of the top teams in their class,” said Braaten. “They’re going to be the best team we play until we hit divisionals.”
In order to keep their perfect record alive, Braaten knows the Scotties will have to increase the intensity on defense.
“We can’t give up any easy shots,” Braaten said. “We have to beat them to their spots on the floor and not allow any second shots.”
With the absence of Kolstad for this crucial nonconference game, Braaten plans to see more playing time for Zach Miller, Ethan Etchart and Kevin Schindler.
“It’s going to take everybody,” Braaten said. “That’s our problem with losing Jake right now.”
Braaten hopes that this week off will be just what the doctor ordered for Kolstad. Kolstad will only participate in shooting drills and will be re-evaluated come next week.