The Mountain Lion girls middle-schoolers are about halfway through their 2022 season, the seventh-graders sporting a 2-3 record in their five games. The eighth-graders have yet to break the victory ice at 0-4.
Liam Daily and Brooke Bourn are at the helm of the two teams: Daily heads up the seventh-graders and Bourn leads the eighth-grade team.
The Lions dropped a heartbreaking 38-36 loss to the Grand Coulee Dam Pirates on Jan. 24, a last-second attempt falling short, then outdistanced a short-handed Oroville squad, 42-10. Both games were combined-team single games, as Lake Roosevelt and Oroville were not able to field two full teams.
Manson visited the Eagle Gym on Monday, the Mountain Lions taking the seventh-grade game by 30-9 and the visiting Trojans defeating the local eighth-graders, 44-9.
Daily points to improved defensive play and the girls learning how the team functions on the floor as a unit to achieve success.
“What has been especially fun to watch is how much the team defense has progressed over the past few weeks,” Daily reflected. “We’ve been doing a much better job of stopping the ball and forcing our opponents into bad shots or a turnover.” Daily pointed to holding Oroville to only 10 points as “a great example of that.”
The girls have only one remaining home game on the schedule, a Feb. 16 date with Omak in the Eagle Gym at Methow Valley Elementary School.