Some coaches enjoy having the "potential" tag applied to their team.

Some coaches enjoy having the "potential" tag applied to their team.

But that descriptive word can potentially present a problem as well.

"Potential doesn't mean much after a while because it can become stale if that potential doesn't evolve into something better," Delaware Christian School girls basketball coach Jackie Boggs said. "We have no seniors and just one junior, so we are young and we have improved a lot. But I'm tired of talking about that and I think the girls are finally starting to figure that out.

"When one of them says, imagine how good we can be two years from now, I'm starting to hear the others say let's just keep working and not talk about it until we're seniors. That's what I want to see, work first, talk later. Without the work, this potential won't end up being the progression we're seeking."

The biggest area in which the Eagles need progression is in game management, according to Boggs.

"We turn the ball over way too often because we tend to go out of control," she said. "Our game management is pretty bad. We don't know when to hurry things and when to slow things down and get under control. Game management is not something you can teach over night. It's not something you can teach during games. It's something that they need to learn in the offseason, playing two-on-two or something, learning game concepts."

The Eagles, who went 2-19 last season, were 8-7 overall and 3-4 in the MOCAL after defeating Grove City Christian 57-50 last Thursday. Delaware Christian lost to Tree of Life 50-31 last Tuesday.

The Eagles led 17-14 midway through the second quarter, but were outscored 14-1 in the rest of the period to trail 28-18 at halftime.

"We did a real nice job to that point. Our press was working well and we had them on their heels," Boggs said. "But Kristin Crews came off the bench to make four buckets in a row and they started to separate from us. We looked a little confused and frustrated and then we came out slow in the third quarter."

The Eagles, who trailed 36-22 entering the fourth quarter, were led by Haley Kirby's 15 points. Haley Houston had 11 rebounds.

"Houston, one of our post players, helped us break their press and did some nice ball-handling," Boggs said. "It was probably her best game.

"Freshman Holly Bach is playing excellent in our zone defense and has really improved in her man-to-man defense as well. She's been a nice surprise."

Kirby leads the team in scoring at 14.3 points per game. Brenna McCullough (11.0) and Houston (6.3) lead the Eagles in rebounding. Sarah Harp is averaging 10.0 points and leads the team with 6.1 steals per game.

"The rest of our schedule is very difficult, so it will be tough for us to finish the regular season strong," Boggs said. "We just want to compete and play up to our ability to prepare for the (district) tournament."

The district draw for girls basketball is Feb. 7.