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Eagle girls look to end drought

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 11/26/2013

WELLSVILLE — The Wellsville High School girls basketball team has not had a winning season since 1997 when the Eagles won the state title.

Wellsville coach Brock Campbell hopes to end that drought. Another goal is to win a postseason game.

WELLSVILLE — The Wellsville High School girls basketball team has not had a winning season since 1997 when the Eagles won the state title.

Wellsville coach Brock Campbell hopes to end that drought. Another goal is to win a postseason game.

“It has been awhile since they have been out of the first round of sub-state,” Campbell said. “Our goal is to host the first round of sub-state.”

One of the reasons for the optimism is the Eagles return four starters, plus have some young talented basketball players.

“We have a good group coming in,” Campbell said. “We have a good mix. We have some older ones and some freshmen that will be playing. We have some experience coming back.”

The returning starters are Ashley Sparks, Emily Newhouse, Moriah Kayhill and Holly Geist.

“They are the only four with varsity time last year,” Campbell said. “Those four have gotten better. We are working on our rotation. Who are subs will be. We will figure it out the first few games. Once we get into the games, we will really see.”

Wellsville was a competitive 7-14 a year ago and Campbell felt a few games got away.

“We were in every game for a half,” Campbell said. “We did not have enough to finish the games off. We are taller than we were last year. That will help us a lot.

“We don’t have to play Ashley at the post as much. We can play her outside where she can be more athletic. They get along well. They support each other. They do a good job of passing the ball. They are an unselfish group.”

Campbell said the freshmen group has played a lot of basketball.

“The younger ones have played in the summer in MAYB tournaments,” he said. “They don’t have a lot of high school experience, but have a lot of basketball experience.”

Campbell expects to play an up-tempo style.

“We will try to press a lot,” Campbell said. “Push the ball and get as much those easy shots as we can. It gives us easy buckets.”

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