"You're trying to fix some things: 'Hey, if you get this chance again do this,' or 'You can get this shot off if you do this,'" Reed explained after Monday's 63-35 loss at Danville. "It's kind of a constant coaching thing."
Line Mountain stopped a five-game losing streak at home Tuesday against Lancaster Country Day, its second string of four or more losses this season. Still, at their current pace, the Eagles will be eliminated from playoff contention by month's end. The wins have just been too few and far between.
"It's that goofy circle where you have to have confidence to win, but you have to win to have confidence," Reed explained. "I think that's getting us right now a little bit."
It would be foolish to lay all the blame for the team's struggles on the graduation of Long and Whitcomb, but just as foolish to discount the impact of losing them. Both would be in the conversation if the program ever selected an all-time team.
Their departure (along with graduates Macy Bethge, Chelsea Lahr and Michelle Menko) left Reed with precious few varsity holdovers. Point guard Jade London and forward Madison Lagerman were the most seasoned returnees.
Six games into the season, while still finding their way at 2-4, London broke her collarbone. What followed was the five-game losing streak.
"When Jade went down, I think everybody's heads went down, like, 'What are we going to do now?'" said Reed. "I just tried to shuffle people around and, from that point, it's just getting them to believe they can do something."
That, of course, is easier said than done. The Eagles led Halifax (second in Tri-Valley League) by nine points after three quarters and lost. They got to within a point of Newport late after being down 13. They hung with Millersburg and Upper Dauphin but eventually lost by a margin in teens.