Saturday, February 16, the girls basketball season came to an end when they fell to Elsberry during their District Tournament. They ended with a score of 47-34.
Varsity coach Mr. Doug Peirick gave his thoughts on how the season went overall. “I thought the girls played hard and had great attitudes all year long. That's not a real easy thing to do when [you’re] not having a lot of success on the floor. They came to practice every night to get better and work on things that they needed to with enthusiasm. Our seniors did a great job keeping the team on track. Do I wish the season would have gone better? Yes, but the girls never gave up and played hard until that final whistle every night.”
All of the girls on both teams (JV and Varsity) were asked a series of questions to get a feel for their thoughts about the season. Some of them even gave goals they accomplished and memories they have from the season.
Sophomore Caroline Otten, JV, said, “I think we had a really good season overall. It was upsetting with the few losses we had, but in the end it improved us and made us better at the end of the season.”
The Varsity girls also thought they played well. Sophomore Ellie Westermeyer, Varsity, commented with, “I am very glad we all got along, and although the season did not go as planned, we all did great.”
JV player Emma Rohlfing, freshman, talked about some of her goals she accomplished this season, “Yes, I accomplished many goals. [They consisted of] getting rebounds, getting my elbows out and popping people in the mouth, and getting stronger down low.”
Varsity player McKenzie Overschmidt, junior, replied with, “All getting along and staying positive throughout the whole season.”
Finally, the girls were asked if they had any funny moments during games or memories they made. Peyton Sumpter recalled a memory and a funny moment. She said, “One of my favorite memories was when we were in the locker room and Coach Peirick walked over to the bench and grabbed a handful of Cheez-Its and said, ‘I love Cheez-Its.’”
She continued: “The [funniest] moment was probably on the bus on our way back from the Hermann Tournament when we got first, and two other girls and I snuck up behind Coach Scheer on the bus and started singing ‘Sweet Caroline’ as loud as we could.”
Hannah Rethemeyer, sophomore Varsity player, commented with, “The funniest moment this year during a game was when we were playing St. Clair-- I think in the Hermann Tournament. Meagan [Holtmeyer] was going after the ball and she fell on top of a girl, and as she was getting up, she fell again and just sat on top of the girl. (It was a lot funnier if you saw it).”
Sounds like the girls enjoyed this year. Congratulations on the end of the season! See you next year on the court.