If there was one team that didn't completely hate the winter weather last week affecting high school sports schedules in central Indiana, it may have been the Zionsville Lady Eagles.
The Eagles were already scheduled to be off from Jan. 5-17, so now they don't have to scramble to make up games at the end of the season.
"For us, the winter weather almost came at a good time," Zionsville head coach Andy Maguire said. "We talked to the girls before this break and thinking about all this practice time they were like 'Oh my gosh.' They got some days off we didn't anticipate, but we have really had some good practices. We worked a lot on shooting and it has given us a chance to add some things as we head toward the stretch run. I have enjoyed the practice time."
The Eagles headed into their long layoff playing perhaps their three best games of the season, getting 30+ point wins against Pioneer and Park Tudor and a narrow loss to Class 3A No. 4 Benton Central.
Maguire said that playing that well before the break was good for his team.
"I thought it was a positive," he said. "We are coming off three really good games. I thought the best game of the three was Benton Central even though we lost it. I think it helped the girls stay focused and I think our practices have been more productive because of it. If we didn't play well in that stretch you don't know what their mental process will be heading into the break."
Maguire said playing the Bison to a seven-point game, one of the closest of the season for the 12-1 team, gave the girls confidence moving forward.
He said the team, which is currently 6-7, continues to get better.
For more of this story, read the Jan. 15 edition of the Times Sentinel.