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