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The Right Mix: Unique blend of talent, chemistry pace Lady Eagles

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First year head coach Keith Gudehus has led the Knox County Lady Eagles to 13 wins in their first 16 games. First year head coach Keith Gudehus has led the Knox County Lady Eagles to 13 wins in their first 16 games.

EDINA, Mo. (WGEM) -- They've soared practically under the radar for the season's first two months, but not anymore.

The Knox County girls basketball team is the odds on favorite to win the Tri-Rivers Conference and playing extraordinarily well in the first year under head coach Keith Gudehus.

Gudehus has helped a talented roster pick things up right where it left off from a year ago, winning 13 of 16 games so far.

"I am a first year head coach but I had been here as an assistant for a couple years with the boys team, so I was kind of familiar with the girls," Gudehus told WGEM Sports.

"The process has been fairly easy for us to get to know each other."

"It's been really great to work with him because he came in and approached it in a really positive way," added junior guard Lauren Dale.

"He knew we could be good this year."

Talent aside, Gudehus found himself in a unique situation with the job of molding of seniors, juniors and freshman into a unit at the varsity level.

"We do have some younger players, but even those younger players just came out of a pretty successful softball season and they worked together through that, so they're very familiar with each other," he said.

"The team chemistry is very good, which I was in hopes of and something I expected before the season and they haven't disappointed me there."

After a (17-7) record led to a first round district knock out in 2013, the next step for this program is to take the first step in the post season.

The blue print for continued improvement is already being drawn as the schedule begins to hit the stretch run.

"A big key for us from now on is how well our guards take care of the basketball, and then just staying aggressive," Gudehus expressed.

"We had a lot of success in this last tournament because we attacked the basket well and we dished off well."

"We've got to keep taking advantage of that."

The Lady Eagles are in the driver's seat when it comes to the conference title.

They're (5-0) in the Tri-Rivers following Tuesday's win over North Shelby.

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