Ball till the end

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Lance Payne

Varsity girls up on their feet cheering during playoff game

Both the Varsity basketball teams fell short in the game right before area. Hard goodbye’s were had and memories were made.


“If there was one thing I could change about the season, it would be how soon it ended,” senior Price Bradley said.


The girls and boys were able to make it to the fourth playoff game. The boys fell short against Bethany, 57-60. The girls fought till the end against Elgin but lost 48-53.


“The only thing I wish we did differently was play the whole season with the same intensity we had in the playoffs,” junior Clare Kierl said. 


The players learned more than just basketball this season, growing not just as an athlete, but as people.


“This team has been everything to me these past four years,” senior Kate Fletcher said. “Basketball has always been the highlight of my day, and I’m grateful I got the opportunity to play with these girls.”


“It helped me mature and it taught me how to be a leader,” said Bradley.


Freshman Andrew Harris was one of three underclassmen to start for the boys. 


“It feels pretty good to start,” Harris said. “It boosts my confidence and motivates me to play hard and do my best.” 

The comraderie is one of the things players said they will miss most about the season.


“I’ll miss being around the team, and competing with them,” Harris said. “We had great relationships off the court and on the court.” 


Basketball requires players to work out the kinks and grow trust with your teammates in order to play a good game and be successful. 


“We were playing our best basketball at the right time,” Fletcher said. “You have your ups and downs throughout the season but playoffs is when you really want to turn it on and I think we gave a lot of teams a run for their money at the end.”