Eagles game with Panthers postponed

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 3, 2002

Sports Editor

Dothan may have whipped Goshen 67-37 in Monday’s championship game of the Dothan Progress/Eagle Holiday Prep Classic, but Eagles’ head coach Major Lane said his team isn’t taking the loss to heart.

"We certainly felt like we could win the whole thing," said Lane whose team is currently 6-3 on the year and ranked eighth in Class 2A. "But I told the team that this month we start all over at 0-0. This month will determine how far we go as far as area and the postseason goes."

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Lane said he feels that when starting guard Averick Rogers went down with an ankle injury against Dothan on Monday night, it may have taken away something from the team as a whole. Rogers suffered an ankle sprain early in the first half and will miss about a week of action.

"It seems to have deflated us," said Lane about the loss of Rogers. "Averick brings a lot to this team, not just with his scoring, but with his leadership. But when he left we just went flat from the perimeter."

Down by only 25-22 at the end of the first half, Goshen was held to a season-low 15 points after intermission by the Tigers.

"I told the guys that injuries are going to happen," said Lane. "We have to be able to overcome that adversity and get back up."

Due to the inclement weather which has affected south Alabama, Lane said tonight’s scheduled game against area opponent Georgiana has been postponed.

"They called and asked if we would reschedule, which we agreed to do," he said. "The roads may be bad Thursday night and the main thing we want to do is keep everybody safe."

Georgiana defeated Goshen 77-75 in overtime in December.

However, Friday’s contest at Highland Home will go on as scheduled. Tip-off for the B-team is at 5 p.m., followed girls and boys varsity action.