Eagle Point’s head coach, Paul Bell, explained that he had seven freshmen on his lineup for this game, most of whom were pulled up from the JV team. This detail goes a long way toward understanding why the Lady Eagles had so much trouble keeping up with the speed of Klamath Union. The Pelicans’ varsity girls team consists of four seniors and six juniors. For the entire game, it seemed like these upperclassmen could move around, or shove aside, any of the Lady Eagles at will.
“When you’re so young like we are, it’s just hard to catch a break,” coach Bell said. “I’m asking them to do things they’ve never done before.”
One of these freshmen playing up from JV was Lupe Partida. Those interested in Eagle Point girls basketball should keep their eye on Partida in upcoming seasons. If she is not always the biggest contributor on the scoreboard, her tenacity at point guard still has a positive impact on the team. Coach Bell commented that “[Partida] plays with a lot of heart and a lot of passion,” and “that’s what we need right now.”
Casie Johnson also played a strong game for the Lady Eagles. Johnson had 10 rebounds, 8 points and went 2 for 3 at the free-throw line. “That’s good stuff,” coach Bell said. “It was one of the better games she’s played.”
Alexia Hall scored 6 points and got 1 rebound. Sydney May had 3 points and 2 rebounds.
On Saturday, Jan. 14th, the Lady Eagles go to Phoenix High School to play the Pirates once again. After losing to the Pirates at the Phoenix Invitational tournament last month, this is one achievement opportunity the Lady Eagles will not take lightly. Coach Bell said he looks forward to the rematch, “I would like a chance to kind of redeem ourselves.”
But first, the Lady Eagles face the Indians from Roseburg High School at the Eagle Point court on Tuesday, Jan. 10th.
By Michael Stephens
For the Independent