“We’re just thin right now,” Eagles head coach, Paul Bell, said. Bell elaborated on his team having to play without some of their key players. One athlete recently moved out of town with her family, Heather Thompson still suffers from a torn ACL, Kourtenay Hoefft was playing through an illness which limited her time on the floor, and starting guard, Megan Cowden, was on the injured list after a concussion.
In this game, it was largely up to 5’2” Vanessa Pena to pull the Lady Eagles forward against a team of five seniors. “We put a lot on Vanessa,” coach Bell said. “And she does a good job of it.”
Casie Johnson and Sydney May also got in the mix to help out with rebounds when they could. May scored 6 points and got 5 rebounds. Johnson had 8 points and 4 rebounds. Pena got 4 points and 3 rebounds.
Despite being out muscled under the basket, coach Bell recognized the advantage of quickness as something his team can use against Ashland in future match ups. “We got a few easy baskets here and there because they couldn’t get back on us,” Bell said.
The Lady Eagles have two more games against Ashland this season, on Tuesday, Feb. 7 and on Tuesday, Feb. 21. But before that, they were at Mazama High School on Feb. 4.
By Michael Stephens
Of the Independent