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Girls' basketball sport shorts: Fowler's strong second half sinks Eagles

Latest girls’ basketball shorts will be at the top of the section. Scroll down to check out past results. Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for girls’ basketball features.) For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Winter sport box scores, 2011-12 for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2011-12 girls’ basketball schedule, home page, or check out Eagles are currently 2-12 overall and 0-3 in the West Sequoia League as of Jan. 29. The Eagles will next play against Parlier High School, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m.



In spite of losing two league games consecutively, the Eagles came back on the court to face the Fowler Redcats.

The Eagles were eager for a win as they lost their previous game against Caruther Raiders, Jan. 24. However, the Redcats were not willing to accommodate. The game started out smooth for the Eagles as senior captains Brandi Thompson and Nicole Hensley scored lay ups and jumps shots within two minutes of the game. Despite the captains? efforts, Fowler dominated the game dominating the boards in a 49-31 win over the Eagles, Jan 27.

In the first quarter, both teams kept the score tight by boxing out and rebounding with the score tied, 6-6.

Second quarter was similar to the first quarter as both teams played with high intensity. The Eagles? offense scored 2 pointers by executing their plays while the Redcats? defense got steals. Fowler led at the half, 13-12.

Unlike the first half, the Eagles struggled through the third and fourth quarters. The Eagles lacked energy while the Redcats chased after every loose ball, seeking for opportunities to score. Fowler won the second half and the game, 49-31.

FC was led by Hensley, who had 16 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals and 4 assists.

According to sophomore post Hannah Avila, who had 3 points, 3 steals and 7 rebounds, rebounding and communication on the court is crucial.

?We improved in certain things but lacked rebounding and boxing out,? Avila said. ?As a team, we need to keep each other accountable on our goals for that game. We also need to improve on communication and always have strong effort when we play.?

Eagle assistant coach Jim White says that the team should not solely focus on winning but improving as a whole.

?There is some frustration with the outcome of the games,? White said. ?We need to remember not to evaluate our lives by if we win or lose. We need to concentrate on getting better in all that we do. Otherwise, we are going to be disappointed more times then not.?

Eagle head coach Santino Reynolds agrees with Avila and says that rebounding can affect the game tremendously.

?I thought we did some good things in the first half,? Reynolds said. ?We executed the zone very well but failed to limit Fowler to one shot. In the end the rebounding battle really hurt our chances of finishing the game. The lack of communication has seemed to improve this past week with practice and in the game.?

According to Hensley, she is fond of her teammates for staying aggressive on defense. She also says that containing decent relationship with each other off of the court will affect the way the team plays.

?I think we started well against Fowler with our aggressiveness on defense,? Hensley said. ?The tempo we set on offense was good too. But we slowly lost it when the game went on. It helps to know each other off of the court so that we know how to help each other on the court with attitudes and how we should talk to that person to bring the best of them.?

The Eagles will next play Parlier High School, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m.

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