AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - For years the Canyon Lady Eagles have been a powerhouse under head coach Joe Lombard but this season started with some adversity.
“We graduated all five seniors that were starters last year so that was a big hole to fill and then our best player injured a knee during the summer,"said Lombard. "We basically lost six positions there so we had a lot of things to sort out and new roles for the kids to play this year different from a year ago.”
The Lady Eagles have remained poised under pressure and tomorrow they have the chance to clinch their district with a win over Levelland.
“I think it’s really exciting because it’s our senior night and its Coaches vs Cancer night so I think we’re really pumped up and for right now they’re our biggest rival just because they were ranked above us and we beat them,” said senior Faith Douglas. “It’s just really exciting and I think that’s really the mindset just being really pumped up for this game.”
For senior Ryan Patterson tomorrow night will be a bitter sweet moment.
“I think I’m going to miss my sisters on the court and just being together every day. I don’t have any sisters at home so these are my girls and I’m going to miss being here every day with them working hard and getting better.” said Patterson.
Despite facing adversity at the start of the season this year's senior class have set a great example for the underclassmen following in their footsteps.
“I think that we’ve had a lot of sophomores who’s had to step up and fill roles that usually older people fill but I think that they are going to be ready next year to be the big kids because they had to step up and learn how to do it this year.”, said senior Caitlynne Speegle.
Coach Lombard knows a win tomorrow won’t be easy against the talented Loboettes.
“They have a bunch of great shooters. They can drive it and get to the free throw line, they can shoot the three point shot, and they’ve got a 6′3 girl inside,"said Lombard. "They’ve got a great combination of skill and talent so we’ve got to be talking on defense and communicating switch, stay and then block them out so we’ve got our hands full.”
The Eagles will tip off against the Levelland Loboettes tomorrow night at 6 p.m.