The frustration of losing cam weigh heavily on coaches and players.
That's why Cuyahoga Falls' 57-19 win Dec. 19 at home against Valley Forge was so important for Joe Nowak and the Black Tigers.
It was their first victory to improve to 1-8 and 1-3 in the Lake Division of the Northeast Ohio Conference.
"I am happy for the girls. They finally get to see all that work is finally paying off," Nowak said. "It is a confidence builder."
That is especially true in the manner in which the Black Tigers won.
Jasmine Eaker had a big game with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Rosie Townsend also played well on both ends of the floor with nine points and seven rebounds.
The rest of the scoring came from Mary Messner, also with nine points, Kayleigh Zeiszler had six points and five rebounds, and the trio of Alyssa Mondl, Katie Peters and Zoey Bosley finished with four points.
Nowak said he spoke to the girls about what was needed for improvement.
"We talked about really stepping up and getting some turnovers," Nowak said. "We executed better; we played at a more comfortable tempo and didn't rush our offense.
"We have played well for a half or three quarters. This time we finished the game, which is what we needed to do."
The win came after a frustrating loss Dec. 15 at Garfield Heights, as the Black Tigers lost 39-33.
Eaker and Messner had 12 points each, while Bosley had five points, and both Townsend and Catelyn Dobson each had two points.
The team is off until Dec. 29 when they host Akron East at 2:30 p.m.