GIRLS BASKETBALL MAKES HISTORY
For the first time since 2004, the girls basketball team here at Maplewood (16-9) has made state playoffs and for the first time ever, they competed in the District 10 Championships. Hard work, blood, sweat, tears, and Family Ties chocolate milk has lead the team to defeat their sister school, Saegertown, and move on to play West Middlesex in the D-10 Championships that were held Saturday at Meadville.
Throughout the season, there has been many ups and downs; finishing fourth in Region 3, it was unknown to the girls and their coaches as to how they would perform in playoffs, but it is obvious now that the team has made history. Even though they fell to West Middlesex (21-3) at D10, they still have gone further than any team at Maplewood has before.
On Saturday, the girls had got together around noon to shoot around in the gym, listen to their traditional songs, and eat together as a team; following their pre-game traditions, they traveled to the “House of Thrills” to watch the consellation game between Saegertown and Cambridge. The Lady Tigers watched their sister schools battle for the third and fourth place D-10 spot, and then got ready to compete themselves.
Most people could have expected the outcome of this game; with West Middlesex, who are now back to back D-10 champions, and the Tigers have never been to a D-10 championship. Still, the Tigers played their hearts out. The game did not end how the girls hoped, however, they were not too disappointed.
With D-10 runner-up medals around their necks, you could find the girls smiling and taking pictures after the game. “Even though we didn't win, I’m still proud of our team and how far we made it.” Said Jordan Roser, a junior guard; “We broke Maplewood history by even making it to this point. The chemistry between our varsity team is pretty amazing, and even though we didn’t conquer West Middlesex, we aren’t done with our season yet.”
- Contributing Writer -