Eisenhower girls not worried about record as playoff begins
Even if their record might not show it, the Eisenhower girls seem to be getting close to making a breakthrough.
The Eagles (6-16) have been making strides down the home stretch of the regular season. Although they were 2-3 in their last five games, those losses were by seven points to 6A No. 5 Putnam City West, five points to to rival MacArthur and one point to Putnam City.
Despite being a 5A school, Ike plays a conference that is mostly occupied by 6A teams. Eagles coach Daniel Wall said that while the win-loss record might not be pretty, the tough schedule has readied his girls to face any opponent in the playoffs.
"For me, and this program, we pride ourselves in playing some of the best teams in the state of Oklahoma, night-in and night-out," Wall said. "I think, in all honesty, that makes us better. We may not have a great win-loss record, but I think we're battle-tested and coming down into the playoffs, I think the competition will drop off slightly from 6A to 5A, and I think that will play into our favor. But I don't want any cupcakes on our schedule. I want to play the best, night-in and night-out."
The Eagles do not have many seniors on the team, but have found playmakers and leaders from non-seniors. While Jaeda Reed and Ginger Reece account for a majority of the Ike scoring, other players have been able to make plays when defenses focus on Reece and Reed.