Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer
FLOYD — Cody May spent the last few years patrolling the second base and shortstop positions for College of the Southwest, but he’d always preferred patrolling the basketball sidelines and everything in between.
“Basketball was my first love,” said May, who learned from his father, longtime Tularosa coach Johnny May. “Baseball’s the way I went, but I live and breathe basketball every day.”
So when his wife came to Eastern New Mexico University to work on graduate studies, May got a call from Floyd High School that he couldn’t turn down. Now, he’s the baseball coach in the spring and the girls’ basketball coach in the winter.
May said he feels fortunate to be a head coach in his first coaching position, and he feels fortunate with the team he’s been given.
“We’ve got a pretty good group of girls,” May said during Tuesday’s practice. “We’ve got solid height for a 1A school.”
He and the Lady Broncos will find out whether that height will be enough to compete starting Tuesday when Floyd plays host to Clovis Christian. Games at Dexter (Dec. 1) and against Carrizozo (Dec. 6) follow.
The first few games might be tough spots for Floyd, as the team members will adjust to a style of game a little different that what they’re used to.
“We’re going to be a lot more aggressive,” senior post Carley Dement said. “We have to be a lot quicker.”
That’s because May wants to run the Floyd team more like the teams he grew up around in the Hobbs area, with an open-court style full of pressing. May knows there will be an adjustment period, but he was optimistic about his team’s learning curve.
“It’s been good so far,” May said. “This is our 12th day of practice. I’ve told them everything I want to put in and they’ve adjusted pretty well.”
If Floyd gets off to a slow start, they’ll have a great deal of recuperating time as well. After a tournament in Whitharral, Texas, Dec. 8-10, the Lady Broncos are off for nearly three weeks until a Dec. 30 game at Logan.
District won’t start for Floyd until Jan. 17 against Fort Sumner. Dement feels Floyd should be right in the middle of the race, if not on top.
“The things we need to work on would be passing and improving our knowledge of the game,” Dement said. “I think Floyd is going to surprise a lot of people. I think if we do what we can, we’ll be on top.”
Floyd Lady Broncos Basketball 2005-06 Season
Date Opponent Time Place
Tuesday Clovis Christian 4:30 p.m. Floyd
Dec. 1 Dexter 5 p.m. Dexter
Dec. 6 Carrizozo 4 p.m. Floyd
Dec. 8-10 Whitharral Tournament TBA Whitharral, Texas
Dec. 30 Logan 3 p.m. Logan
Jan. 3-7 EPAC TBA San Jon and ENMU
Jan. 10 Gateway Christian 4 p.m. Roswell
Jan. 12 Lake Arthur 5 p.m. Floyd
Jan. 13 Mountainair 4:30 p.m. Floyd
Jan. 17 Fort Sumner 4:30 p.m. Fort Sumner
Jan. 20 Elida 4:30 p.m. Elida
Jan. 24 Melrose 4 p.m. Melrose
Jan. 27 Tucumcari 4:30 p.m. Floyd
Jan. 31 Dora 4:30 p.m. Dora
Feb. 2 Tucumcari 5:30 p.m. Tucumcari
Feb. 3 Fort Sumner 4:30 p.m. Floyd
Feb. 7 Elida 4:30 p.m. Floyd
Feb. 9 Carrizozo 4 p.m. Carrizozo
Feb. 10 Melrose 4 p.m. Floyd
Feb. 14 Grady 5 p.m. Grady
Feb. 17 Dora 4:30 p.m. Floyd
Feb. 20-25 District 3A Tournament TBA TBA
March 3-4 Regional Tournament TBA TBA
March 7-11 State Tournament TBA Albuquerque