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Big Sky Girls Basketball Ready to Tackle AA State Tournament

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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.

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