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Lady Eagles look for consistency

Tuesday, February 5, 2008  
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By Chad Hartwell

Half way through the 2007-2008 basketball season the Lady Eagles hold an even number of losses and wins in the Sooner Athletic Conference at 6-6 and 10-9 overall.

The team experienced its share of ups and downs this year according to sophomore Kailan DeCamp.

"I feel we're right there but we just haven't quite figured out how to get over the hill and to the other side," DeCamp said. "Once we figure that out I truly believe that we will be a great team."

Coach Stephanie Findley confirms that this season has had it ups and downs.

"The first semester I thought we were coming along pretty good. We played Freed-Hardeman to a five point game and then beat Auburn," Findley said. "Though we have played very well since we came back from Christmas, we haven't been able to put a whole game together. We have been in kind of a slump since Christmas."

At the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma game the Lady Eagles played a really good first half and a solid ten minutes in the second half, Findley said.

DeCamp believes the Lady Eagles are a good team right now, but she thinks they need to become a great team. She said the key to their becoming a great team lies with them learning to trust each other.

"Once we figure out how to truly trust one another, develop the chemistry we need and execute the way our coaches have taught us to, we will be a great team," DeCamp said.

DeCamp feels one of the areas that they need to work to improve is their execution and slowing down.

"It's been better here lately but we still have some improving to do," DeCamp said. "We need to realize that we don't have to go a hundred miles an hour."

Findley also said the team needs to focus on their ball handling.

"I feel like all year long we've been harping on rebounds and turnovers and our rebound percentage is slowly improving," Findley said. "Another big area is our shooting percentage. We need to shoot the ball more consistently."

Findley said she has been pleased with the defense and feels that it has been working all season.

The coaches want the team to learn to move with a purpose, DeCamp said.

The Lady Eagles consist of juniors, sophomores and freshman with no seniors currently on the team. If all players return to play next year, the Lady Eagles could have an experienced team that could have an advantage over other teams with less experience.

The ups and downs of the season could be seen in the Lady Eagle's 62-50 victory over Science and Arts of Oklahoma on Monday night. At one point they were 24 points ahead but in the second half a Science and Arts of Oklahoma rally brought them to within three points of the Lady Eagles.

"This team has perplexed me more than any of the others in development and growth," Findley said. "I think we are headed in the right direction doing the little things."

With 10 games remaining in the season, all of which are conference games, the Lady Eagles still hope and believe that they can finish in a better position than where they currently stand.

"I expect to see us really get it together," DeCamp said. "I expect we will come together as a team and really shock some of the people in our conference."

DeCamp leads the team in total points scored with a total of 238 points scored so far this season. Lindsey Gipson follows close behind with a total of 230 points. Other high scorers this season are Haley Myers and Danielle Cox with 146 and 125 points, respectively.

DeCamp also leads the team in assists with a total of 58, followed by Myers with 29 and Gipson with 22. Charlotte Heron lead the Lady Eagles in rebounds with a total of 103.

The Lady Eagle's next home game will be Feb. 9 against St. Gregory's University and Findley said she could use a little help from Oklahoma Christian fans.
"I got a technical the other night and I looked over to the student section for help and no one was there," Findley said. "I felt so alone arguing with the ref with no one to back me up."



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