For Coach Brittney Koch-Dowell this game brought out a lot of nerves. With a knee injury to starter Jordan LaDuke and the absence of veteran Rita Adams, it wasn’t quite sure how a team that is fairly new to each other would respond.
“It was tough and I was very anxious,” said Coach B. “Jordan’s knee was a game time decision and she just couldn’t go. We had to change our whole game plan. This was their time to shine and step-up and they did.”
Just before game-time the Flyers had another punch to the gut. Starting Point Guard LaTeesha DeLoach was run off the road on her way to the game.
Luckily for her and the team, she suffered no injuries and was able to take her spot on the floor.
So far this season, DeLoach has proven to be a real asset, something the Flyers had been missing, a floor general.
“She makes everyone so much more comfortable out there on the court,” said Coach B. “It’s giving confidence to the rest of the team.”
The rest of the team responded Saturday with a 115-53 victory.
They were led by the hot-hand of Power Forward Janea Smith who stayed out the entire game on offense working both inside and out.
“That is Janea’s game. She can go inside and can’t be guarded and she has a great three point shot,” said Coach B.
After the Surge win, Coach B stated she had a conversation with Smith about playing outside more and utilizing that strength more.
Another Flyer that showed how deep this team can be was the play of Guard/Forward Jerica Hawkins.
Jerica had a huge game. She is a great finisher when getting to the basket,” said Coach B. “She was there for us on both sides of the ball getting some huge rebounds.”
“They are coming together as a team and it’s fun to watch and fun to coach,” said Coach B.
On Saturday the Flyers will travel to Washington University to play against rivals the St. Louis Surge at 7:05 p.m.
“It’s going to be a dog fight. We got to make sure when they punch us we punch back,” said Coach B. “It be a physical game and we will be prepared for all of it.”
The game will be live streaming at www.elsberrydemocrat.com on the Indian Sports Network.