L ady Eagles prepare to soar
"We have more confidence and the skill level of the girls has improved tremendously since last season," Terry said. "We have more time to focus on game situations instead of focusing most of the practice time on skills."
Terry took over as head coach last season after
ong time Milano coach and ath- letic director Jay Wise retired.
She has been at the school for seven years as an assistant coach in different aspects.
After last season's disappointing 10-20 season and going 1-9 in league play, the Lady Eagles seemed much more determined than in years past.
Milano lost close games to Bartlett and to playoff bound Thrall by just three points last season, something they are hoping to improve on.
Seniors Brittany Compton and Madison Simpson, along with junior Ashleigh Dykes, look to be leaders for the Lady Eagles this season. Dykes was a second team all-district selection last season.
Other key returnees to Milano's roster include juniors Allison Dodd and Taryn Love, along with sophomore Desiree Adrian and senior Sarah Ferrara.
Rounding out the Lady Eagles varsity team are seniors Mandy Coldiron and Tiffany Williams, along with junior Stephanie Philpott.
Milano's goal this season is simple—get better. They have won just a hand full of district games in the last five years.
"We are hoping to keep competing and get a few more wins underneath us before district and then in district," Terry said.
Milano lost two starters to graduation in Devon Young and Chloe Endsley. Young was the Lady Eagles' only other all-district pick and second highest scorer. Endsley was critical in Milano's inside game as the roster lacks a lot of height.
Milano has extended its record to 2-0 with a 44-29 win over Burton Tuesday night at Geneva Paceley Gym.
The Lady Eagles were up 24- 8 at the half, but Burton would give up. With five and a half minutes left in the game the Lady Panthers pulled within six, but a behind the arc from Ashleigh Dykes would get Milano back on track.
Taryn Love lead the Lady Eagles with 14 points and five rebounds, while Dykes put up 11 points and four steals.
Madison Simpson had nine points and five assists, while Mandy Coldiron led had eight points and a team high nine rebounds. Brittany Compton also scored two points.