Young Eagles progressing early in season

Published 4:14 pm Friday, December 13, 2019

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YZ Rogers and Bart Snyder took over the girls basketball team at Goshen High School. And even though they are still looking for their first win of the season, they are liking what they are seeing from the young Eagles.

The Eagles (0-4) have had anything but an easy schedule to begin the season, playing Luverne, Ashford and Andalusia. Snyder believes despite the tough schedule, the team is starting to come together.

“It’s been good,” Snyder said. “We have seen a lot of progress out of the girls. They are learning the fundamental of the games. They are understanding the game, understanding the rules so they have more knowledge of what they are playing.”

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The Eagles were forced to say goodbye to key seniors a season ago including leading score Bree Griffin, Anastasia Mallard, Harmony Robinson, Azya Vickers and JaMecia Berry. Returning members including Kyra Gulledge-Dixon, Briona, and Kaleigh Burden and Alexia Tilery.

“They have good leadership from Briona Burden and girls that played last year,” Snyder said. “They are great and working really hard. The leadership from those who played last year has been a plus for us. Each of those girls has done a really good job.”

The new players that are on the roster have limited experience playing basketball. Playing only at the lower levels, the younger players are continuing to learn and grow.

Snyder believes he has a balanced team that has the ability to score the basketball from inside the key and out.

“We have some that can shoot the threes,” Snyder said. “We do have an inside game as well, but it’s still in the developmental stages. We don’t score a lot of points right now, but we are playing some good teams.”

The Eagles will compete in Class 2A Area 4 along with Samson, Zion Chapel and New Brockton.

“We are working right now to get our girls ready for area play,” Snyder said. “Getting them to where we can compete in a strong area. If we can continue to develop, playing the teams that we are playing, hopefully we can compete and qualify for the playoffs.”

The Eagles will host Andalusia on Tuesday.