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Lady Eagles open Wednesday at home

Basketball fans will have the opportunity to see the 2016-2017 Lady Eagles basketball team in action tomorrow night as they host Bridgeport, an opponent they have never faced.
Describing this season’s squad, Coach Keith Greene referred to his players as “very young but experienced.” He continued to explain that, while the team has only three regular starters from last season----Hollis Skidmore, Braylee Woods, and Kendra Houghton, the varsity girls have all seen much playing team, either as varsity or junior varsity.
The “very young” portion of his description comes from the fact that the team includes only four seniors, the three returning starters plus Allie Conley. The three juniors on varsity are Abby Liston, Abby Wilmoth, and Olivia Wayne. Sophomore Lilly Ware rounds out the varsity squad. Coach Greene also referred to the team as “young” because, he said, “They are new and exciting.”
The coach also referred to “a new atmosphere,” explaining that, because several “have never played varsity before,” they are helping create a different attitude. Practices, he noted, “have been going well.” He felt that the scrimmages “went okay” and emphasized that they allowed him “to see what they need to work on.”
“We still have a long way to go,” the coach noted,” but with hard work and the positive attitude” that he has observed so far, “We’ll get there.”
This year’s jv squad includes only one non-freshman, sophomore Bethany Riffle. The remaining junior varsity players are Mikayala Brown, Maggie Skidmore, Lacy Liston, Peyton Smith, Jocelyn Abraham, and Zoe Duffield.
An interesting twist which Coach Greene has added this season is dressing all 15 players for varsity games. “That way they’ll be ready if I need them, and it will give them experience,” he said. “It will work as far as playing time is concerned, too,” he added.
In addition to the home opener, the Lady Eagles will play at home again Friday night when they host Lewis County.

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