By Lily Smith
The basketball season has recently come to an end, but this year’s seniors have impacted their team in ways that will never be forgotten.
On Tuesday, Feb. 18, the St. Mary’s basketball season came to an end after a tough loss against St. Agnes. The team has been playing games since early November, and while they have had many ups and downs along the way, they saw significant improvement this year. The team nearly tripled the number of wins they had this season compared to last year, and they are proud of their hard work. While the entire team is sad that the season has come to an end, this is particularly challenging for this year’s seniors. After years of commitment to this team and sport, their time with St. Mary’s basketball has officially concluded, and in honor of the completion of their final season and their never-ending dedication to the team, Tatler would like to honor this year's four basketball seniors.
Joy Jackson has been a member of the St. Mary’s basketball team all four years of high school. When reflecting on her memories from this season, Joy said, “My favorite memory is the trip to Smoothie King that we took one day after workouts. It was an early practice, and while we still had an hour left, Coach Casey kindly offered to take us to Smoothie King instead. Everyone on the team was super excited, and it was really fun bonding moment for everyone.”
Arabella McGowan has also played basketball all four years of high school. Arabella has enjoyed her time playing basketball, but her favorite part of it has been the people who she gets to play with. Arabella said, “I think what I will miss most is seeing the team and all of the underclassmen everyday. I have loved getting to know everyone on the team, and I am excited to come home next year in December and come to St. Mary’s basketball games.”
Sophie Morrow has played basketball since her sophomore year. Sophie has enjoyed the many experiences that she has had during her time as a St. Mary’s basketball player, but she found the most meaning in the bonds that she has formed with her teammates. Sophie said, “I am really going to miss the family that was created on the team this year. Through all of the wins, losses, and 6 a.m. basketball practices, this team formed an unbreakable bond.”
Madison Motley has been a strong member of the basketball team since her freshman year. While Madison has had many fond memories of her time playing basketball and will miss the bonds that she has formed, what Madison has appreciated most about her time on this team is the growth that her many experiences have allowed her. Madison said, “This was the best basketball season I have ever had. St Mary’s basketball has been such a special gift, and the improvement that our team has experienced this season is proof that no matter what has happened in the past, it is always possible to grow and improve and persevere.”
This year’s basketball seniors impacted the team as a unit and as individuals. Jane Chancellor (9) said, “The seniors really made such an impact on the team this year. Madison kept everyone focused and in line, Joy kept everyone laughing, Arabella made everything positive, and Sophie always cheered on each of us.” There is no doubt that they will be missed greatly by all of their teammates. Mary Jones (11) said, “They make every practice better with their energy, smiles, and jokes, and they each have an amazing personality which will truly be missed on and off the court next year.”
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