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EUPORA â€“ Eupora may be returning everyone to its Lady Eagle basketball team, but there is one new addition to the team in 2012-2013.
With the retirement of Curtis Ford, Bryant Thomas not only coaches the boys but also enters his first stint at coaching girlsâ€™ basketball.
â€śI was told by several of my mentors that you coach girls just like you coach boys,â€ť Thomas said. â€śI am taking that approach and pushing those girls just as hard as I do my boys. I have found that if you push them and they buy into you, then it is a winning combo.â€ť
Though he might not have been with the team all that long, Thomas is already excited about what the season has to offer for his â€śathletic team that plays up and down the courtâ€ť and that he believes can â€ścompete with anyone.â€ť
The Lady Eagles may have returned all of their starters, but they are still a young team that is highlighted by four sophomores.
â€śThe key is that these girls moved up in 7th grade," Bryant said. "The playing experience they have gotten has helped them mature and prepare for their current roles.â€ť
Joining the four sophomores on the court will be senior Sydney Simmons who has three years experience under her belt and has proven that she can be a threat both offensively and defensively.
The Lady Eagles have set their season goals pretty high.
â€śThis year our motto is play to win,â€ť Thomas said. â€śWe want to change the culture. Every game is a new game and every game is a big game. If we can keep those things in mind then we can achieve our main goal of winning district.â€ť
Thomas and the Lady Eagles play at Calhoun City on Nov. 27.View more articles in: