Lady Eagles seek to build legacy
PABLO – Smiles and cheers helped keep positive attitudes up in the Two Eagle River School gym on Thursday as the Lady Eagles delivered their first win of the season against Noxon. With a young team boasting only two seniors split between JV and Varsity, first year Head Coach Carla Torisian is on a mission to not only bring her girls to contention but to also bring “athletic honor” and support from the community to Two Eagle’s athletic programs. As a former SKC player, she knows firsthand how much it means to young sports teams to have a cheering section.
“Fans help to build the girls’ confidence,” she said. “We’re building a legacy.”
Under Coach Torisian’s guidance, the Lady Eagle’s are working toward a “four step” goal. Along with honor and legacy building, the team’s other goals include bettering themselves both on and off the court, getting to districts, and improving attitude.
“We not only want to improve on our personal attitudes but also want to improve attitudes toward us from others,” Torisian said.
Thursday’s game against Noxon definitely showed positive attitudes from both players and fans as the Lady Eagles defeated Noxon, 37-32 with the winning score coming from the foul line. Sophomore Cassidi Wunderlich lit up the net leading the Lady Eagles with 19 points while Tyra Michel threw down a double-double scoring 10 and grabbing 13 rebounds.
“The girls played great,” Torisian said of their first win. “They were tough.”
With a young team comes young leadership and Torisian is seeing Junior Olivia Nichols step into that role.
“Olivia is pretty amazing. Even off the court,” Torisian said. “She’s helpful and respectful and everything I tell her to do – she does. She works hard and leads by example.”
On Friday the Lady Eagles traveled to Hot Springs. Though staying on top through the first half of the game, the Lady Eagles had a struggling third which forced them to “play catch up” in the final quarter resulting in a 32-41 loss. Despite the loss, Cassidi Wunderlich gained 12 points for her team and Olivia Nichols put up 10 of her own.
“They played good together,” Torisian said. “Hot Springs was just getting through and put up shot after shot in the end.”
Though it’s still early in the season, Coach Torisian is pleased with how her team is developing, working towards a successful year on the court.
“Since we’re young, I want to first establish fundamentals that will help them as they get older,” she said. “It’s about sticking together and working out the kinks and we should do pretty well. I can only hope for the best.”
After the break the Lady Eagles will return to the court in full force to host games against Charlo on Jan. 2, Victor on Jan. 4, and St. Regis on Jan. 7.
Two Eagle River 13 8 9 7 – 37
Noxon 10 11 6 5 – 32
Cassidi Wunderlich 19, Tyra Michel 10, Olivia Nichols 5, Misty Mendoza 3.
Two Eagle River 6 11 3 12 – 32
Hot Springs 7 5 21 8 – 41
Cassidi Wunderlich 12, Olivia Nichols 10, Tyra Michel 8, Misty Mendoza 2.