Red Level better team then last year, says Lane

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 12, 2002

Sports Editor

Goshen head coach Major Lane doesn’t have a problem with playing Red Level in Red Level for the Class 2A Area 2 tournament title.

"We’re used to the road," Lane said, whose Eagles beat Georgiana on Saturday night to advance to Tuesday’s title game. "The bottom line is that we’ll have to be prepared to play and I think we will."

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Both teams split a pair of games during the regular season, each winning at home. The Eagles come into tonight’s contest with a 15-5 overall record and are ranked seventh in the Class 2A state poll. Red Level is ranked tenth with an 18-4 overall record.

Goshen lost an overtime contest to Red Level last year during the regular season, but avenged that loss by pounding the Tigers on the road and then winning the area tournament with a 79-70 victory in Goshen.

Lane feels the Tigers may be a better overall team this year, though.

"They’re real balanced," he said. "Last year, they had some good scorers, some people who could shoot the ball, but this year they’re good all over. They beat Andalusia in Andalusia once this year, so that was a great win for them and a valiant effort on their part."

Goshen got double-digit efforts from Kendaris Pelton, Ge-Vonne Cooper and Averick Rogers in the Eagles’ 58-50 win over Georgiana on Saturday night.

Those players, as well as the entire Eagles’ teams, are the ones Lane is most concerned with right now.

"We’re going to go down there and take our chances with the players we’ve got," he said. "We’re going to take our shots and hopefully we’ll come out with a win."

A win gives Goshen homecourt advantage in the Class 2A sub-regionals, which start next weekend.