DRAFFENVILLE -- The Lady Eagles of Christian Fellowship are preparing to head into the 2019-2020 basketball season with a fresh, young team of ladies led by one of the leading scorers in the region.
Eighth-grader Gracie Howard is the player to watch for her confidence on the court to effortlessly press and score against players potentially five years older. Howard put up a total 337 points last season with 95 of those coming from the free-throw line, the rest solid two-point shots. Rachel Howard led the team in rebounds with Gracie Howard behind her at 138.
The entire team will be returning with one exception, Rachel Howard 2019 graduate. Two freshman will help lead the team, Jayden Jackson and Lily Burnett. Seniors Jaycie Jackson and Edie Little will shore up the Lady Eagles for the 2019-2020 season.
Jayden Jackson and Jaycie Jackson are both strong leaders on the team with Jayden bringing the energy and effort and Jaycie demonstrating the fight for every rebound and loose ball. Coming off an impressive volleyball season, Burnett will be bringing a personal fierceness to the court for her freshman season of basketball that will partner well with Little's determination to make every play as if it was the final play of the game.
The Lady Eagles will kick off the 2019-2020 season at Dawson Springs on December 3. The team is getting the opportunity to revisit the disappointing start to last season with a loss at home to the Lady Panthers and rewrite this year's start.
December 6, the Lady Eagles will travel to Fulton County and return home on December 7 for a matchup with newcomer Frankfort Christian. CFS fell to the Lady Pilots twice last season.
The second week of the season is packed with the Lady Eagles on the road December 10 to Ballard County, back home on December 13 to host Agape Christian from Energy, Illinois, and down to Fort Campbell on December 14. The Lady Eagles fell to Ballard Memorial 36-43, but took wins over Agape Christian and Fort Campbell last year.
The Lady Eagles are closing out December of 2019 with a trip to Pleasant View Christian in Tennessee on December 20 before competing in the inaugural Lady Warriors Shootout at Community Christian Academy.
CFS will also be kicking off January 2020 at Community Christian Academy on January 4. The Lady Eagles faced the Lady Warriors three times last season with CFS taking the wins 2-1.
The ladies will be playing on their home court January 4 to host the St. Mary Lady Vikings. The Lady Eagles fell in three close meetings as Gracie led topped the scoring with Burnett close behind.
January 6, the Lady Eagles will host Fulton City before heading to Paducah on January 7 for the second meeting between CFS and St. Mary. Fulton City is new addition to the Lady Eagle schedule.
The Lady Eagles are getting a second run at the All-A Classic held at Mayfield. CFS took a close loss to Ballard Memorial last season, and head coach Trevor Jackson stated that win at All-A would be a goal for his team this season.
January 17, the Lady Eagles will travel to Huntingdon, Tennessee to play Carroll Academy. CFS took a 56-18 win over Carroll Academy last season.
The ladies will be back home on January 18 to host Pleasant View Christian of Pleasant View, Tennessee, another new addition to their schedule.
The Lady Eagles will spend the remainder of January at home with Ballard Memorial on January 21, Livingston Central on January 23, Mayfield at home on January 28, Carroll Academy on the January 30, and Community Christian on January 31.
CFS will travel on February 4 and February 6. The ladies will play Livingston Central on February 4 and Clarksville Christian on February 6. They will be back home to host Fort Campbell on February 7 for their final home game of the season.
Christian Fellowship will be hosting their second Roundball Classic Saturday, February 15.
The Lady Eagles will be back on the road finish their season. February 18, CFS will play Agape Christian in Energy, Illinois and close out at Fulton City on February 21.