USO Lady Eagles repeat as city middle school champs

first_img2012 GIRLS’ CHAMPS—The USO Lady Eagles show off their trophy after winning the City League Middle School Championship with a 46-19 win over Sterret Jan. 26 at Allderdice. by Malik VincentThere’s major importance in the number 20 for the USO (University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama) Lady Eagles.That’s the number of consecutive games that have been won since they switched from being the Pittsburgh Frick 6-8 Dolphins. “Our girls have worked hard and have made so many sacrifices throughout this process,” Lady Eagles middle school coach Ruth Walker said. “They worked out six hours each day over their Christmas break. They’ve given it everything they have to get to this point and I’ve had the complete pleasure of working with them.”The fifth-year coach has led the program, which is in its third season as USO, to four league titles.This year’s title came with a 46-19 victory over Pittsburgh Sterrett (6-8) on Jan 26 in front of a packed Allderdice gymnasium with 200 or more students.“These girls have a real strong following,” Walker said. “People mark their calendars and make notice of when these girls are playing and they make their way to see them.And that may be for good reason.This season, the first opposing bucket came in the team’s second game. They shut out Pittsburgh Mifflin Pre K-8, 67-0, to open the year. Their second win had a final margin of 45-2 over neighborhood rival, Homewood Montessori.The Lady Eagles were just 12 points shy of 500 in the campaign. They hadn’t given up more than 30 in a game.“Our motto for this team is ‘that’s how we roll’ and we just expect to dominate,” Walker said with excitement.Eighth-grader Torreionna Cash led all scorers in this year’s title game with 16 points. Kennedy Bowens also chipped in 8 points for the Lady Eagles.To add to their success in interscholastic play, the girls compete in an all-boys league at Ammons Recreation Center.There, they also have a perfect mark of 4-0.“You typically think, that as girls, they wouldn’t be as strong as the boys,” Walker added. “But obviously that hasn’t been the case. These girls are every bit as tough as them and they’re proving it in that league.”(Malik Vincent can be reached via email: [email protected] or on [email protected])last_img