After barely seeing any action over the past six weeks, the Hoopa Warriors are going to be a busy bunch next week.
The school’s boys team played just its second game in 47 days on Thursday night, while the girls team was playing just its third game in that span.
“We came out rusty,” boys head coach Roman Hutt said after a 73-42 loss at South Fork.
The Hoopa girls, however, fared better and defeated South Fork 41-37.
On Monday, the Warriors will begin a run of four games in five days for each team, with plenty to play for.
Not only are both teams still alive in the race for the Little 4 championships, but both are also looking to secure a Dick Niclai tournament berth, which goes to the top three teams in the conference.
Hoopa girls coach Floyd “Cowboy” Billings believes his team is building momentum at the right time and can win out.
“We have the tools to do it,” he said.
The busy week for both teams gets under way on Monday when they host South Fork.
They follow that with road games at Ferndale on Tuesday and at St. Bernard’s on Wednesday, before capping a big week at home to Ferndale on Friday.
The trip to St. Bernard’s will be the second in league play for the Hoopa girls, who were supposed to host the Crusaders this time around but now have to play a doubleheader at SB with the boys because there are not enough officials available to cover both venues on the same night.
Both Hoopa teams are 1-1 league play heading into the final four games.
“It will be a good test for these guys,” Hoopa boys head coach Roman Hutt said. “Not too many teams get to play four games in a week. It’s going to be a little bit of a challenge that we are looking forward to.”