by Mary Kate Bandstra / email@example.com
Experience and effort is leading this year’s girl’s basketball team into their winter sports season. Returning starters and competent players are stepping up and making this team their own.
“A lot of these girls have been playing since they were freshmen, and actually playing a lot of varsity minutes the last two years. I think that we have some girls who are ready to step into those roles, and fill those minutes with good experience coming back,” commented coach Kevin Van Maanen.
The team is using their strength and athleticism to “run and gun” against teams. “The team’s strength is the talent, athleticism, and experience, and when we work together, we can be unstoppable,” said senior Kaley Wilson.
With more numbers than previous years, 21 girls fill both the JV and Varsity rosters. Ten girls suit varsity and are led by captains Kaley Wilson, Mara Juffer, and Mary Kate Bandstra. With their theme of “All In,” the team is working hard on doing so. “Being All In means to be dedicated to the team in multiple ways,” said Wilson. “It means doing your best in practice, contributing your talents and personality to the team, always encouraging each other, and being a leader by serving others.”
The team started their first two weeks of play with a record of 4-1. Victories came against Van Meter, ADM, Oskaloosa, and PCM while their sole loss was against 1A ranked Montezuma, 28-44. The 66-21 victory against Oskaloosa started off the Eagle’s Little Hawkeye Conference action.
Once again, conference play is challenging, but will allow the Eagles to experience high level play. “Our conference is tough and competitive. In the long run, competing against these bigger schools will hopefully pay off, ” said junior Bella Baugh.
Next up, the Eagles play at this Friday night at Pella High. Come out and cheer loud at the Tulip City showdown!