Charles Berry has been coaching in Huntsville since 1968. He has built a tradition of winning over the years, perhaps none better than the 2014 Lady Eagles basketball team.
“This is probably the best group of kids I have ever coached,” said head coach Charles Berry. “They never whimper whether they play or not. Some of them didn’t get to play much tonight but you won’t hear nothing out of them because they think about their team.”
As a two seed, not many people, other than the Lady Eagles, believed Huntsville would make the state finals.
“We got so close last year, we made it to the semi-finals,” said senior Brittanie Gragg. “Our goal was to not only make it back to the semi-finals, but to make it to finals and win state. To everyone who thought we couldn’t make it, we just wanted to show them what we are made of.”
Win or lose, this year was no bust.
“I gained a giant group of friends, taught me all kinds of stuff, leadership abilities,” said senior Vanessa Burgess. “It’s just been a great experience.”
Huntsville plays Paragould at Summit Arena in Hot Springs either Friday or Saturday.