St. John Lady Eagles Fly Under The Win Column In The Division 8-2A Race - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

02/11/04

St. John Lady Eagles Fly Under The Win Column In The Division 8-2A Race

No one expected the St. John Lady Eagles to fly under the win column 20 times this season. They did just that Tuesday night picking up win number 20 against 5 losses dominating arch rival Mercy Cross.

Dr. Bill Heath, St. John's principal also serves as the Lady Eagles head coach, assisted by Mike Matthews.
4 years after winning the 2A State title, St. John is making noise in girls basketball.

Dr. Heath said, "We have a group of girls who hate to lose. They'll do anything they can. They play hard, they play aggressive and they play together. That's been a big factor in our success."

Sophomore Jill Beattie has exceptional talent... a take charge player who excels defensively and offensively with an eye for the hoop. Jill is netting 15 points and over 6 rebounds per game.

Jill said, "We've come together and work harder then we did last year. We have jelled and having three returning starters has really helped us."

Playmaker Blair Ryle runs the show for the Lady Eagles.. a three year starter at point guard. Practice has paid off under the win column.

Blair said. "Coach Heath and Mr. Mike are really awesome and they make us determined to want to win and push us to do our best."

Robin Guilbeaux, a 5 foot 7 senior is netting 10 points and 8 rebounds per game. She says the Lady Eagles success rest on the shoulders of Coaches Bill Heath and Mike Matthews.

Robin said, "I think Dr. Heath plays a huge role in our success. We've have had a year with him and now we're use to his style and what he does."

Perry Central leads the Division 8-2A race, but the Lady Eagles split with Perry Central giving St. John confidence for next week's division tournament.

By A.J. Giardina

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