Young Lady Warriors looking to peak at right time
AMITE - Coach Joe English has become a staple in girls basketball at Amite High School. Over the year’s the success he has had with the Amite Lady Warriors has been as good as any program in the area and the state as well.
English has been a part of several state title teams at Amite and although his Lady Warriors are very young, I can tell by the tone in his voice that he feels like he has a special group of young ladies that can go a long way.
“We are excited about this team. We don’t have any seniors and the majority of this team will be back for a couple of years,” English said. English has been at Amite High School for eleven years now and has been the Girl’s Basketball Head Coach for the last seven years.
The Lady Warriors are off to an 8-5 start and have a couple of more non-district games before the district 10-3A schedule begins. “We have played some great teams and those games should help us once district play rolls around.”
The Lady Warriors have played the likes of Ponchatoula and St. James thus far this season and will face the always tough Franklinton Lady Demons this week in non-district competition on the hardwood.
English says that the Lady Warriors are not shooting the ball that well right now, but the team’s work ethic and determination should be the key down the stretch of the rest of the season. Amite had twelve players that are in the rotation and English is hoping to build a deep group going into the playoffs.
“Right now we have out tenth in the power ratings so our schedule has obviously been very tough. The entire team has been playing well and that is what we have to keep doing each day if we want to make a run this season.”
Amite has a lot of height this season with six players six feet tall. English has been pleased with his team’s play on both ends of the court and he is hoping to continue to get solid efforts from Keeosha Brumfield and Whitney Williams.
Amite looks to go deeper in the 3A playoffs this season and a tough district slate should help the young lady Warriors. “Our district is always one of the best in the state and we have been able to finish strong the last few seasons. I like this team. If we continue to work hard we can go a long way.”