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Lady Eagles start season in top 10

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Beginning the season Monday as the No. 5 ranked team in Class 3A obviously comes with high expectations. That’s nothing new for the Decatur Lady Eagles who are seeking their fifth-straight district championship.

With some key seniors and a strong junior class Decatur head coach Claire Benedict is pleased with the start her upperclassmen are off to in the first few days of workouts.

Making the Play

MAKING THE PLAY – Decatur’s Stormi Leonard dives to save a ball during practice Monday. The Lady Eagles will scrimmage at Graham Friday. Messenger photo by Clay Corbett

“I’m proud of how they’re leading this group,” Benedict said. “They are setting good examples for the incoming freshmen and sophomores.”

With all the hype around her squad in 2013, Benedict wants to make sure her team stays grounded.

“They just have to remember they are not where they want to be yet, and there is a lot of competition ahead of them,” she said. “We have to take it one day at a time.”

The only thing slowing the Lady Eagles right now are a few injuries, the biggest being to senior middle-blocker Katie Isham.

She tore a ligament in her foot and pinched another between her foot and leg after a couple of sprained ankles during basketball.

Isham had surgery to repair the damage at the end of the school year and is expected to be out of her brace next week when she can begin therapy.

“Hopefully I will be back in another month, depending on how therapy goes,” Isham said. “I’m hoping the month goes by quickly because I really want to play.”

If her treatment remains on schedule she should be back in time for district play which begins Sept. 27.

Benedict says she must find a couple of players to fill Isham’s void during the early part of the season.

“We will have to carry a couple more, but we have the right numbers in the right positions,” Benedict said. “Katie will be back. She is a great leader for this program and continues to push her teammates.”

Decatur had 37 report on the first day of workouts.

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