Big Sky Girls Basketball Ready to Tackle AA State Tournament - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

Big Sky Girls Basketball Ready to Tackle AA State Tournament

Posted: Updated:

The Big Sky girls basketball team came into the year with a lot of unknowns, after their long-time coach retired. But tomorrow, despite their ups and downs, the team is headed to state.

Things didn't start quickly for the Eagles of Big Sky, as they started their season with two losses, one by more than thirty against Billings Senior.

"We've improved a ton.  We've worked at it a lot.  The first couple games were rough, but we figured out what we needed to get better, and that was our goal, to just get better as a team," says junior guard Maddy Shaide.

With a new head coach and system, the team had challenges at first, but they gained consistency and chemistry when they were off the court.

"It took a couple organized team activities where we had time away from basketball, and a couple games where we got wins late that kind of changed the momentum a little bit for the season," says first year head coach Damian Droessler.

Fast forward to the teams home playoff game against Helena High, to a game the eagles trailed by double digits after just one quarter of play.

"That game was nerve-racking for sure.  I think what it took was a lot of heart to come back in that first quarter with that lead.  We wanted to go to state, so we dug in I guess," says senior guard Kendra Joyce.

With their comeback win over Helena High, the Eagles start out as the number four seed from the West, going up against the number one seed from the East in Billings West, a match up on paper that could be challenging.

"It doesn't matter.  I mean underdog or favorite, the score is 0-0 to start.  It's a basketball game, and they'll go out and compete as hard as they can whether we are favorites or 20 point underdogs, whatever it may be," says Droessler.

"I don't know if they are expecting to blow by us, but we're just expecting a normal do-or-die game, and we want to prove a point that we can compete," says Shaide.

"I think we just keep in mind that seeds don't really matter it seems like when you look at tournaments.  Anything can happen, it's just who digs in and buckles down," adds Joyce.

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Seven Arrested in Kalispell Sex Sting

    Seven Arrested in Kalispell Sex Sting

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:10 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:10:39 GMT
    A four-day online sex sting ends with the arrest of seven Flathead men for sexual abuse of children, and more arrests are pending.
    A four-day online sex sting ends with the arrest of seven Flathead men for sexual abuse of children, and more arrests are pending.
  • More Details On The Sex Sting Seven

    More Details On The Sex Sting Seven

    Saturday, August 23 2014 12:07 AM EDT2014-08-23 04:07:34 GMT
    Seven men sit behind bars and more could be headed that way after a four-day investigation headed by the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.
    Seven men sit behind bars and more could be headed that way after a four-day investigation headed by the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.
  • Sheriff Deputy Dunn Memorial

    Sheriff Deputy Dunn Memorial

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:43 PM EDT2014-08-22 00:43:09 GMT
    Full coverage from the memorial of Deputy Joe Dunn.

    Full coverage from the memorial of Deputy Joe Dunn.


  • Cobell Settlement Checks Could Be Mailed By Fall 2014

    Cobell Settlement Checks Could Be Mailed By Fall 2014

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:03 PM EDT2014-08-16 01:03:47 GMT
    The people in charge of doling out money in the Cobell settlement want to put checks in the mail by this fall.
    The people in charge of doling out money in the Cobell settlement want to put checks in the mail by this fall.
  • Yellowstone Sees Two Deaths in Past Week

    Yellowstone Sees Two Deaths in Past Week

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 12:07 PM EDT2014-08-19 16:07:32 GMT
    Yellowstone National ParkYellowstone National Park
    Authorities identify the young girl, who died Sunday morning after falling into the Grand Canyon in Yellowstone National Park, as eight-year-old Zahra Allahyari.
    Authorities identify the young girl, who died Sunday morning after falling into the Grand Canyon in Yellowstone National Park, as eight-year-old Zahra Allahyari.
  • One Dead In Crash North Of Whitefish

    One Dead In Crash North Of Whitefish

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:11 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:11:40 GMT
    Glacier National ParkGlacier National Park
    A 23-year-old woman is dead and two other people are in serious condition following a crash on Highway 93 north of Whitefish that snarled traffic for over two hours.
    A 23-year-old woman is dead and two other people are in serious condition following a crash on Highway 93 north of Whitefish that snarled traffic for over two hours.
  • Rising Firefighting Costs Impacts Forest Service Budget

    Rising Firefighting Costs Impacts Forest Service Budget

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:39 PM EDT2014-08-22 00:39:11 GMT
    A new report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture reveals the cost, as well as the budget, for fighting wildfires has increased over the last two decades.
    A new report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture reveals the cost, as well as the budget, for fighting wildfires has increased over the last two decades.
  • Former Teacher Sues Butte Central Catholic School

    Former Teacher Sues Butte Central Catholic School

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:57 PM EDT2014-08-23 03:57:53 GMT
    A former teacher fired from Butte Central Catholic school earlier this year for what the school claims was breach of contract is now suing her former employer.
    A former teacher fired from Butte Central Catholic school earlier this year for what the school claims was breach of contract is now suing her former employer.
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.