As head coach Trey Eder enters his 10th season at the helm of the Eads Girls’ Basketball program he knows he has his work cut out for him.
The Eads Lady Eagles finished the 2017-2018 campaign with a disappointing first round regional loss to Sangre de Cristo leaving them without a ticket to the state tournament and having to settle for a decent 16-7 overall season.
Graduation and some other circumstances that have a number of last year’s players not going out this year has dropped the player experience level severely.
According to Eder there are 12 total girls who came out for basketball this year including 5 seniors, 2 juniors, 1 sophomore, and 4 freshmen.
Of those returning, only 2 were starters last year including seniors Kaylee Wilson and Lauren Spady. Another senior, Hadlie Rittgers, has been in and out of the starting line up for the past couple of years. She has a lot of court experience to go with Wilson and Spady.
According to Eder, “Those three will bring us experience this year.”
Wilson had the second-best stats a year ago as a junior scoring 8.8 points per game and pulling down 4.0 rebounds per game. She has grown a lot and has raised the level of her game. Spady helped bring the ball up last year and is more effective on defense. Last year she had 1.5 points per game and 2.6 rebounds per game. Rittgers managed to contribute 3.4 points per game as a junior and pulled down 2.5 rebounds each game.
Ally Spady, a sophomore point guard, will have to step up in a big way this year. She has the skills and ability to do it despite limited court time last year.
According to Eder, “The other eight girls don’t have a lot of varsity experience but will bring good knowledge and athleticism to the court.” They include seniors Emily Gyurman and Reagen Johnson; juniors Morgyn Johnson and Cynthia Watson; and freshmen Rhealie Rittgers, Crystal Watson, Kiya Leonard, and Kyra Sheridan.
Overall, Coach Eder notes that the Eads girls will look and play different this year. “We lost some size to graduation, but what we lost in size I think we gained in speed on the court.” He went on to say, “We will have to work extremely hard to rebound since we will be undersized.”
Eder closed by saying, “I’m looking forward to working with this group of young ladies and seeing them develop.”
And Eder will get his wish here pretty soon as Eads opens up at home against non-conference Flagler/Hi-Plains on Friday, November 30th. The games begin at 4:00 pm with JV contests announced this week.