Ex­pe­ri­enced Ea­gles ready to soar

Cecil Whig - - & - By SEAN GROGAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

The Bo­hemia Manor girls’ bas­ket­ball team pos­sesses pos­si­bly the best high-low combo in the county.

Point guard Kayla Thomp­son and for­ward De­laney Mi­dash, both ju­niors, have earned All-County hon­ors in each of their first two var­sity sea­sons.

Thomp­son av­er­aged bet­ter than 15 points and nearly five as­sists per game, while Mi­dash av­er­aged a dou­ble­dou­ble of 12.7 points and 11.4 re­bounds a game a sea­son ago. In the past, the duo had played to­gether nearly year round, but that wasn’t the case this sum­mer.

“They work great to­gether. They’ve played on the same AAU team for years now, but this off­sea­son, they parted their ways,” Ea­gles coach Jaz­men White said. “Kayla went to one AAU team, De­laney went to another AAU team. I thought it was go­ing to mess their chem­istry up, but it’s ac­tu­ally a lot bet­ter now. It’s funny, but it’s a lot scarier. De­laney knows more about a pick-and-roll now be­cause she worked on that in the off­sea­son.”

White may be even more ex­cited about the re­turn of a se­nior leader who missed all of her ju­nior sea­son with an in­jury.

“I’m very ex­cited for Erin Horsey’s re­turn, very ex- cited. She was a starter for her first two years, and then she had her ACL in­jury,” he said. “I’m re­ally look­ing for her to lead the team. We have Kayla and De­laney as bas­ket­ball play­ers, but as a se­nior leader, I think she’ll step up in that role. Her com­pet­i­tive­ness will drive the team.”

Erin’s younger sis­ter, Me­gan, also re­turns af­ter play­ing a key role as a sopho­more.

Bo Manor re­turns a pair of sopho­mores who played and gained valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence as fresh­men, in­clud­ing sopho­more Han­nah Clarke. White said she spent the off­sea­son work­ing on her jump shot and fin­ish­ing through con­tact around the bas­ket.

The other is a 6-foot cen­ter, Ha­ley Krone.

“She came along as at the end of the year,” White said. “I’m look­ing for her to be a pres­ence on the block and help take the load off of De­laney.”

The Ea­gles ex­pected to have an ex­pe­ri­enced team last year, but wound up with­out three starters who were un­der­class­men the pre­vi­ous sea­son. This year, White re­turns the bulk of his team from a sea­son ago.

“Last year, we took a hit by los­ing five se­niors from the class of 2015 and three more starters,” he said. “This is my first year hav­ing a hand­ful of re­turn­ing play­ers.”

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CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Bo­hemia Manor ju­nior point guard Kayla Thomp­son (24) has earned All-County hon­ors in each of the past two sea­sons.

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