Lady Eagles ‘excited’ to face challenge tonight

Published 12:17 am Thursday, December 4, 2008

It wasn’t until the second half that the Pleasant Home Lady Eagles got the ball rolling to roll over Straughn 42-27 Tuesday night.

“In the second half we were a lot more patient on offense,” Pleasant Home coach Kelley Garner said. “We got a lot better looks and we stepped it up on defense. We played a little more aggressive and with more effort and I think that made the difference. Some of our girls played with a little more discipline and controlled the foul situations more.”

The Lady Eagles (5-0) have been busy getting ready for the Andalusia game tonight.

“We’re excited to get the win and we’re going to work in the little things (Wednesday) for Andalusia,” she said. “It’s going to be a big game and it’s going to be tough. I know they’re very athletic. They’re quick and big and it’s going to be a big test for us.

“We’ve got a few things we’re going to work on to prepare for that. We’ve got to play our very best ball to get the victory. We’ve won the past two years so we hope to keep the streak going.”

Garner said that a win tonight would be “huge” for the team and program.

“It would be huge if we could get this win,” Garner said. “If we lose the game, of course we’ll bounce back and continue to work hard. If we win, I think it’ll be huge for this team, for the program and for their confidence level.

“If we play good sound fundamental basketball we’ve got a chance,” he said. “If we miss free throws and turn the ball over like we did against Straughn, then we’re going to be shooting our self in the foot.”

In order to be successful, Garner said taking care of the basketball and eliminating turnovers are key.