Goshen Eagles looking to enter 2020 on a hot streak

Published 3:00 am Thursday, December 26, 2019

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Year two under head coach Daniell Powell at Goshen High School has gotten to an up and down start. As the team enters the holiday break, Powell and the team have lofty goals heading into 2020.

Consistency has been the main culprit of Goshen’s up and down season.

“We still have some learning to do,” Powell said. “We have to find a way to play with a purpose.”

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The Eagles entered the season with plenty of new faces on the roster, so the learning curve has been a steep one. The newcomers on the team are looking to string together quality games.

“We have to learn to play together,” Powell said. “Some games we play great and other games we don’t play well together. We have to learn to play together and trust in each other and the system.”

Shooting has been an area of strength for Powell and the Eagles. On a good night, the Eagles are getting quality production from many players on the court.

“We have some good shooters on the team,” Powell said. “When Jeffrey Warrick is hot, everything goes well. When Steve is hot, everything goes well. When Dee Maddoux is shooting well and DeShawne is penetrating to the hole, everything goes well. We have to have that consistently every night. We are missing so many players that if one part is not working, it’s going to be hard for us to win.”

The Eagles have played opponents in the early going of the season. Powell hopes that will have an impact on his team heading into area play.

“I’m trying to play teams that are going to make us better,” Powell said. “Playing teams at a higher level is going to make us better going into area play. I’m glad we played Andalusia and those bigger teams because when we compete against the other schools in 2A, we are going to know we already played teams better than us and it’s going to make it easier on us.”

The Eagles have a straightforward but lofty goal heading into the 2020 season.

“We have to win the next seven games,” Powell said. “If we want to win the area and host the area tournament, we have to win the next seven games. We can win the next seven games if we can believe in ourselves.”