Soaring onto the Court Against the Panthers

November 16, 2021

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Sage Crowley, (7) Dribbling away after stealing the ball from a Lady Panther.

The 7th and 8th grade Lady Eagles Basketball teams kicked off the season by facing off against the Forsyth Panthers on November 1st.

On November 1st, the Lady Eagles began their season at home against the Forsyth Panthers. With this game being the first of the 2021-2022 season, preparations were being made long before the first match. Middle school girls basketball coach Carrie Green stated, “We were excited to finally get to play someone. After three long weeks of practice, the girls were really looking forward to it.” After the final buzzer sounded, the girls’ hard work shined through. The 7th grade team finished strong with the final score being 37-6 and the 8th grade team capped off the match at 55-19.

The ending stats of the games are just as important as the expectations going into the game. Rebecca Kepes (8) summarized her own expectations of the game against Forsyth. She spoke upon the fact that the Eagles had beaten the Lady Panthers the previous year. Her general idea of the game was to come off of the court victorious. After the lady’s hard work, both teams left the gymnasium proud of what they had accomplished.

With great success for any team, club, or group, preparation and dedication is key for achieving their goal. Green gave insight about the team’s tactics to prepare against the Lady Panthers. “The girls were nervous, but we wanted to make sure we were in shape to play and familiar with our offense and defense.” Kepes detailed ways she prepared for the game, “I warmed up a lot and worked on my ball handles and shots.” Kepes shared that she diligently focused on small details for her own personal success as well as the Eagles’ success.

As the season progresses, future for the young Lady Eagles can be uncertain. The very beginning of the season gives insight into what the team can improve upon to further their progress throughout the 2021-2022 basketball season. Green described, “It gives us a good idea of what we need to work on for the season and our strengths and weaknesses.” With the teams developing skills to better prepare and discover weaknesses, both teams are more eager than ever to be successful.

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