Decatur, Ala. - (WHNT) It's not everyday you qualify for the state semifinals and for Decatur Heritage it's been a long time coming. The weather forecast predicted an 11:00 a.m. start to the snow for Decatur and it's surrounding area so Lady Eagles head coach Paula Armstrong knew she could get her team on the court in the early morning. School was closed Friday, but time is too precious to waste with just three days before the 1A girls state semifinal game. Rather than just enjoying the day off like their classmates, the girls basketball team made sure to get a workout in before snow hit the area.
'It's not just that it's just nice to be here, we want to win," senior guard Bekah Voss said after practice on Friday.
Not only have the lady Eagles never won a state basketball championship, they've never even played a game at the BJCC. The slogan to get there is centered around actions rather than words. "On one of our shirts is more work less talk. We've always talked about going to state and now we are actually achieving that goal," Maddie Vinton explained.
That slogan has given Decatur Heritage the inspiration it needed to become a state contender, but it isn't just about slogans. head coach Paula Armstrong praised her team's work ethic. "during the summer when other kids are on vacation we are in the gym working. We're going to day camps and doing play dates and it's very well deserved, they've worked hard for it."
The Lady Eagles will play Keith Monday morning at 9:00 a.m.