Girls basketball loses at substate against Lansing 43-33

Wrapping up a successful season, girls varsity basketball finished off their season Saturday, March 5

Lauren Cannata, JAG reporter/photographer

 

 

Saturday, March 5, the girls’ varsity basketball team played their final game of the year against  Lansing High School. They lost the game 43-33 having made it all the way to sub-state, finishing their season with a 9-13 record.

The team was content with their effort in both Saturday’s game and their season despite the overall outcome, according to senior Greta Trowbridge. 

“As a whole the team played well, we always try to give our best effort in everything we do and I think we did that,” Trowbridge said. “I am proud of the outcome because we built so much this year. Having a completely new coach was something we had to adapt to, and I think we did that to the best of our ability and I am really proud of the season we had.”

In agreement with Trowbridge, girls’ basketball coach Adam Runyan believes the team’s ability to push forward and hold strong is what aided in their successful season.

“The girls continued to show their consistency with playing incredibly hard and giving 100% at all times,” Runyan said. “Defensively this year I thought we were amazing. Always holding teams to low numbers.”

According to senior Emree Zars, the team never cracked under pressure, showing their skills up until the very end.

“On Saturday I think that we played with everything we had,” Zars said. “ I think that the highlight of the game was not a single play, but our team’s overall effort. It might not have been a top scoring game but everyone left everything on the court and fought till the very end.” 

Also proud of Saturday’s game, Runyan is ready to improve next season.

“The Moment that stood out to me in the game was the ending with the team after the game, thinking about how amazing our team was this year and what an awesome group we have,” Runyan said. “I look forward to growing our program, following a great season with seniors who left their mark by building our culture and foundation the right way!”

The team had some amazing moments in both the game and the season that set a new bar according to Trowbridge.

“From only winning a few games the last few seasons, it was so much fun being able to win more games and actually enjoy playing the sport,” Trowbridge said. “Our new coaches helped a lot with the success of our team this year, so we give props to them for always pushing us. The highlight of the season was when Emree Zars scored 36 points on Senior night. It was just such a special moment because all the seniors have put in so much effort over the past four years, so it was cool to recognize that. The moments that stood out the most were when we grew together as a team and as individual players. Whether that be after a tough win, or a great practice, I think what stood out was our work ethic and how much we wanted it for each other and the coaches.”

Leaving a legacy behind, the seniors have a lot to be proud of and are optimistic for the future teams according to Zars.

“Some advice I would leave the players with would be to never give up and don’t quit,” Zars said. “Being a part of this team is such an amazing experience that I would not trade for the world. Have fun and cherish every moment. Basketball is meant to be fun and this program does just that.”

 

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