Unbeaten Barneveld girls basketball boosted by two stars
BARNEVELD (WKOW) -- Basketball players Hannah Whitish and Rachel Slaney are big shots at Barneveld High School.
"A lot of younger kids in school especially look up to them," Barneveld student Matthew Myers said.
"I've played them before (in basketball), they beat me all the time," Barneveld student Malcolm Reed said.
Whitish and Slaney are the two leading scorers on the girls basketball team, which over the last two season hasn't lost a game. Through 13 games this season, the average margin of victory for the Golden Eagles is 39 points.
"When I was a freshman thinking I was going to play at this level, I never thought we would go 41 games undefeated," Slaney said.
"It's amazing. I mean 41-0, how many teams can say they've done that?" Whitish said.
Special is the symmetry between these two players on the court.
"She's the player on the team where I can give a little head nod, or a little snap and we read each other," Slaney said of Whitish.
"Sometimes you do catch yourself watching even as a coach and that's kind of fun because they just make the game so enjoyable to watch," Barneveld head coach Jim Myers said.
Success in girls basketball is something Barneveld has seen before. In the late 1990s, the Golden Eagles won two state titles, which were part of a 67 game winning streak
"When I grew up, my neighbors were actually the ones who won a couple of those gold balls, so that's what I've wanted to do since I was a little girl and getting that experience last year, you just want to do that again," Whitish said,
"I know what basketball is in this small town. It brings everyone together," Slaney said.
In the community of Barneveld, the people like to rally around the girls and that's something the boys have no beef with
"They have a state championship and a runner-up to show for it and are looking for another one, so I have no problem saying that. All glory goes to them," Matthew Myers said.
(Statistics for this story are through Barneveld's first 13 games of the 2014-15 season)
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