GIRLS BASKETBALL: Exeter looks to turn things around

File photo by Aimee Herbert Katye Johnson will be back for her senior year on the Exeter High School girls basketball team.
File photo by Aimee Herbert Jennifer Eck is back for her junior season after leading the Exeter High girls basketball team last year in scoring.

In recent years, it’s been bleak for the Exeter High School girls’ basketball program. The team’s last league win came on Jan. 14, 2010, when they defeated Fleetwood. The last division win was way before that.

So the goal for the 2013-14 squad isn’t very complicated. This team would like to win a division game.

The problem is they have had low turnout this season, but head coach Ted Snyder is hoping they can turn the program around and get some wins.

The good news is that the Lady Eagles do have some talent back from last year, including two of the team’s top three scorers. But for the most part, this will be a young and inexperienced team.

“We are excited to work with the girls and hopefully improve,” said Snyder. “We just want to improve our team and be competitive.”

If they do that, a lot may ride on the shoulders of Jennifer Eck, who led the team in scoring last year as a sophomore. She scored 206 points (9.4 per game), and also led the team with a 66 percent free throw percentage.

“She’s a tough, athletic player,” said Snyder. “She really improved her shooting in the off-season. She is a leader on the court and very competitive.”

Also back for her senior season is Katye Johnson, a 5’-10” center. Johnson was third on the team in scoring last year with 152 points (8.9 points per game).

“She has a good mid-range shot and is a smart player,” said Snyder. “She needs to develop a mean streak, but she is a very coachable player.”

With low numbers, depth is a problem for the team. They will need to stay healthy and develop a winning attitude. A couple of victories, league or non-league, could go a long way in helping the team confidence.

Playing in the always tough Division 1 makes it that much tougher for the Eagles to win a division game. But this could be the year. Eck and Johnson are to solid players that could help turn things around for Exeter.

Now what Snyder needs is to find a couple of younger players who will show up with some scoring skills to make this team a little more well-rounded. They need to find several players who can score between 8 and 10 points a night to make this team good enough to get some division wins.

The Lady Eagles open up at home against Wyomissing on Dec. 10. They then travel to Ephrata the following night.

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Ric Webb is the sports editor for Berks-Mont Newspapers. Reach the author at edwebb@berksmontnews.com or follow Ric on Twitter: @berksmontsports.