Lady Eagles step up game against Highland Home

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Goshen Lady Eagles routed the Highland Home Flying Squadron 43-12 on Tuesday.

The Eagles allowed all 12 points in the opening half, giving the Eagles the ability to give their younger players the ability to get quality minutes late in the game.

“We did a lot better tonight,” said Eagles head coach Fred Lowery. “I had the opportunity to play all of my girls tonight. We played pretty good. We still have some things to work on. We have to do much better at moving without the basketball.”

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Shimiay Griffin led the Lady Eagles with 24 points while Bre Griffin finished with seven.

“We were able to execute our press really well tonight,” Lowery said. “We were able to create a lot of turnovers and be able to get out front for some fast break points.”

The Eagles entered the game knowing they may not be the best shooting team around, so using a transition offense really is to their advantage. “We don’t have very good shooters on this team,” Lowery said. “You have to rely on your strength. Our strength is our team speed. We want to create turnovers. That is extremely important to us.”

After falling in their Thanksgiving tournament against some quality opponents in Straughn, Luverne and Andalusia, Lowery look at Tuesday’s game as a key contest.

“The girls were feeling very down and this picked them up. I told them that we played up against some very good teams. We played some 4A teams and we played them really well. These girls really want to compete but at the same time they really want to win. So this win was extremely good for morale,” he said.

The Eagles now turn their attention to hosting Carroll on Thursday.

“They are a really good physical basketball team. For us to be successful and in the game we are going to have to rely on our speed. They are going to be bigger than we are. I think we need to work on minimizing our turnovers. If we can continue to work on team basketball and get better at something each and every game than we should be fine,” Lowery said.

Tipoff between the Eagles and Carroll is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.