“We before Me” Works

The Lady Eagles found success against Moulton-Udell by moving with and without the ball to find an open look or open lane to drive at the basket. Keota went on to win 50-33 and advanced to the next stage of Regional play.

Keota – Maybe it was the excitement of the crowd or the cheers of the student body section led by the pumped-up Cheer Squad. Perhaps it was simply the thrill of being in a District Playoff game that gave the Lady Eagles their edge last Wednesday, February 13, 2019 in the Region 5 Class 1A Girls Basketball game against the Moulton-Udell Eagles. Watching them play, it becomes obvious that part of the strength in this team is their the credit should go to their “We before me” philosophy; a concept these ladies are long familiar with and appear to have no problem executing.


Many of these athletes have been playing together since elementary school, under the coaching of Jeff Sprouse, even then. As Senior Brianna Duwa pointed out, that is why the concept of sharing the ball as a team is not new to them. At times, there were at least 10 passes before a shot was made. This had nothing to do with hesitation, and everything to do with skill.


The Keota girls mostly dominated this Eagle vs. Eagle matchup, especially in the second-half, where they never gave up the lead.


Senior Paige Thompson, a recent transfer to Keota School last year said that although the girls knew they were not favored to win against Montezuma in the next game, the experience to get as far as they had was, “Awesome.”



To read the full story, including the girls' thoughts on their strategy, pick up this weeks' edition of the Keota Eagle.