The Brady Eagles girls’ basketball team has seen a roller coaster of a season with the majority of the wins they see not quantified in the final score.

Despite their record, head coach Kole Harrach said that there has been little he’s had to do to keep the girls motivated to improve.

“The girls have really done a good job keeping themselves motivated as we’ve started the second half of the season,” he said. “Our leaders have increased their motivation and have brought others along with them. I can see their drive and their ‘want-to’ improving.”

The Lady Eagles ran into some tough competition when they hosted Mullen on Jan. 7 and traveled to Arthur County on Jan. 8. Harrach said that the two teams did a lot of the same things in their respective games against the Eagles, but there were some adjustments he made as they shifted from the home game to the road game.

“Mullen and Arthur county both did a lot of similar things,” he said. “They pressed us and tried to speed us up and force turnovers.”

The Eagles turned the ball over too much against Mullen and Harrach said that was and the focus heading to Arthur County was to limit turnovers.

“We did a much better job of that,” he said. “Unfortunately, our defense took a step back in that game but we still saw some good offensive improvements.”

In thinking about the season so far, Harrach said that the greatest gains his team has seen is in their half-court defense.

“It might not show on the scoreboard, but we are really doing a good job of being in the right spots defensively as well as helping each other out,” he said. “Over the past month, most of the points we have given up have been directly off our own turnovers. Our set, half-court defense has really improved.”

The Lady Eagles are looking at another busy week, taking on Overton on Jan. 11 and hosting a tough South Loup Bobcats team on Jan. 15.

Heading into the game against the Overton Eagles, Harrach said that the Eagle defense will need to be ready for a strong offensive team.

“They are good on the drive, they can get to the basket or kick out if necessary,” he said. “We will have to be solid in help defense against them.”

The Eagles have seen South Loup once this year already, and Harrach feels that his team will take what they learned in the first meeting and put it to work in their favor on Jan. 15.

“We got off to a good start and played decent defense,” he said. “They like to press you and speed things up and we just turned the ball over too many times against them. If we want to be successful against South Loup, we will have to be strong with the basketball and make smart passes.”

The Lady Eagles’ game against Overton was in progress at the time of press, and information on that game will be available in the Jan. 20 issue of the Leader.

The Jan. 15 game against the South Loup Bobcats will tip off at 2 p.m.

The Brady Eagles girls’ basketball team has seen a roller coaster of a season with the majority of the wins they see not quantified in the final score.

Despite their record, head coach Kole Harrach said that there has been little he’s had to do to keep the girls motivated to improve.

“The girls have really done a good job keeping themselves motivated as we’ve started the second half of the season,” he said. “Our leaders have increased their motivation and have brought others along with them. I can see their drive and their ‘want-to’ improving.”

The Lady Eagles ran into some tough competition when they hosted Mullen on Jan. 7 and traveled to Arthur County on Jan. 8. Harrach said that the two teams did a lot of the same things in their respective games against the Eagles, but there were some adjustments he made as they shifted from the home game to the road game.

“Mullen and Arthur county both did a lot of similar things,” he said. “They pressed us and tried to speed us up and force turnovers.”

The Eagles turned the ball over too much against Mullen and Harrach said that was and the focus heading to Arthur County was to limit turnovers.

“We did a much better job of that,” he said. “Unfortunately, our defense took a step back in that game but we still saw some good offensive improvements.”

In thinking about the season so far, Harrach said that the greatest gains his team has seen is in their half-court defense.

“It might not show on the scoreboard, but we are really doing a good job of being in the right spots defensively as well as helping each other out,” he said. “Over the past month, most of the points we have given up have been directly off our own turnovers. Our set, half-court defense has really improved.”

The Lady Eagles are looking at another busy week, taking on Overton on Jan. 11 and hosting a tough South Loup Bobcats team on Jan. 15.

Heading into the game against the Overton Eagles, Harrach said that the Eagle defense will need to be ready for a strong offensive team.

“They are good on the drive, they can get to the basket or kick out if necessary,” he said. “We will have to be solid in help defense against them.”

The Eagles have seen South Loup once this year already, and Harrach feels that his team will take what they learned in the first meeting and put it to work in their favor on Jan. 15.

“We got off to a good start and played decent defense,” he said. “They like to press you and speed things up and we just turned the ball over too many times against them. If we want to be successful against South Loup, we will have to be strong with the basketball and make smart passes.”

The Lady Eagles’ game against Overton was in progress at the time of press, and information on that game will be available in the Jan. 20 issue of the Leader.

The Jan. 15 game against the South Loup Bobcats will tip off at 2 p.m.

Contact Rebecca Steward at rebecca@syndicatepub.com or call 308.537.9498