Hebron girls look to build off pre-season tournament success

Staff Writer

The Hebron Christian Lady Eagles traveled to Winona a few weeks ago to play in the Winona Girls preseason tournament and came away with a 3-0 record in tournament play.

“In the preseason tournament, the team’s performance was kind of up and down,” Hebron Christian head coach William Cotton said. “We had a decent ball game the first game; a bad ball game the second game; and then we had a very good ball game the third game.”

The Eagles have now had over two weeks off to get better and to correct their mistakes in those early games. Hebron Christian will now set its sights on a third consecutive state championship this season.

“I’ve got five girls that are all capable of doing extremely well,” Cotton said. “One night Micah Thompson stepped up and won a game for us and one night McKinzey Wedel stepped up for us (in preseason tournament).

Some key players for this year's team are point guard and team captain Elaina Carter and junior forward Rachel McGrew.

“Carter is a senior ball handler and makes sure things get done the right way,” Cotton said. “I think Rachel came in averaging about nine points per game last year, and we’re looking to more than double her point production this year.”

The Lady Eagles will travel to Winona again tonight to take on Winona Christian in the boys and girls regular season openers. Cotton said he looks forward to playing again after a two week layoff and said his ultimate goal is to three-peat as state champions with this group of players.

“All five of my starters are capable of scoring 15-20 points on any given night,” Cotton said. “Our goal is to get back to the state tournament, and we’re going to have to three-peat it. They’ve won the last two years in a row.”