Girls’ basketball: shooting for gold

Clayton Hedges, Memorial Staff Writer

The Edmond Memorial girls Basketball team is rolling through their competition, and just recently the team was crowned Edlam champions Feb. 5 with a 46-43 victory over Edmond North. This was a big deal for their new head coach, Curt Knox, who has been pleased with their success thus far this season.

“To be Edlam champs is special,” Knox said. “All three high schools have really talented players that play at a high level, so it means a lot.”  

With their current record at 19-7 they are in position to gain home court advantage and host the regional tournament which is the first step to all teams ultimate goal, a gold ball and a state championship. After losing last year in the quarter finals against Owasso, who were crowned state champions, in a close game, the Lady Bulldogs are ready to redeem themselves.

“As a young team [last year] we didn’t know what to expect,” senior Erin Erdoes said. “Now that we have had the experience and gained more talent, I believe we are much more prepared.”

When asked about their recent success, Knox praised his seniors saying that their leadership was invaluable. However, praise doesn’t win championships and Knox was adamant on the fact that there was still much work to do especially when it comes to player health and both Erdoes and junior Katelyn Levings agree.

“In order to have a good playoff run we need to limit our injuries, play good defense and of course, as any good coach would tell you, make shots,” Knox said.

Levings, who is committed to Arizona State University, speaks highly of Knox and believes his enthusiasm and personality has been very beneficial to the team especially with the amount of injuries plaquing them. Since Christmas, there hasn’t been any starters healthy enough to play, yet the Lady Bulldogs continue to win.

“We have faced a lot of adversity this year,” Levings said. “His (Knox) knowledge and ability to keep the team relaxed has been important for our success so far.”

Redemption has been a big motivator for the Lady Bulldogs this season and has given them the competitive edge needed to continue winning in spite of so many injuries. With the regular season coming to a close soon it is imperative that the girls keep up their recent success and carry it through regionals, as well as hopefully let it take them all the way to the state championship. The team is hosting regionals on Thurs. Feb 21-23 and will be playing Yukon at 8 pm.

Contact Clayton Hedges at [email protected].