Eastern Lady Eagles: Dec. 20-27

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A strong start to the season for the Eastern Lady Eagles continues after another week of competitive play. They now sit with a (7-3) record after dropping a hard fought game to Waterford and out-muscling St. Joe for a win.

Waterford was the team’s biggest game of the season so far and while Eastern’s defense showed up, its offense stayed in the locker room. The Lady Eagles held Waterford to a season low score of 48 but could only put up 30, a season low of their own. This can be attributed to a slip up in the second half.

Eastern played very well in the first half but just could not stay in the game when it came to crunch time. The Eagles committed 16 turnovers in this game, which is actually an improvement since the last time these two teams met. In the end, Waterford’s size just pushed Eastern back while allowing them to play tight defense. The rematch later on this year should be nothing shy of greatness.

The Eagles were able to rebound just two nights later when they hosted St. Joe and ended up victorious, 60-36.

“Same old same old, the team has improved but we need to work on the little things,” Coach John Burdette mentioned after his team’s win.

One of those little things he would like his girls to work on is talking more on defense. Burdette pointed out that “people switch on us and get ahead,” and he feels that good communication will go a long way.

Even though Hannah Bailey was medically released to play, it is the general assumption that a couple practices before real game minutes would be best for her, so look for her to be out on the court soon. With Bailey not playing, Burdette still felt his team had a good rotation. They are learning to play together and are playing very balanced, this game can attest to that.

The Eagles are hoping for another strong season and look to be headed that way after facing some tough adversities. They plan to add another ‘W’ to that win column when they take on Trimble on January fourth, their first game in 2016.