First time champs

Varsity girls basketball claims district title for first time in school history

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photo credit: Jamie Tourtillott

Sending off love \\ Sophomore Mary Nyakundi walks through the cheerleaders’ spirit line with the varsity basketball team heading out to the game against Texas High in Paris, Texas, Feb. 13 where the girls won 57-43 moving them to the second round of playoffs.

The championship came down to the final game of the season against rivals, Highland Park. The varsity team only lost one district game coming into this game, which was the first matchup between these two teams which resulted in a 33-29 loss for the varsity girls at home. This game was played away in Highland Park’s gym, giving them the home court advantage, but that didn’t slow the girls down.

“We knew we had everything to gain from that game and we took advantage of that opportunity. During the game, our minds were in the right place. We were focused more during the game than previous games,” junior Alyssa Brown said.

All of the girls rushed the court and screams filled the gym. Being district champions gives a huge advantage going into the playoffs.”

— Daria Jefferson, senior

The girls basketball team, coached by Joel Zuniga, took the game 51-30, and show no signs of slowing down going into the playoffs. The girls knew that they had just won district as soon as that final buzzer had hit.

“It was a great feeling; all of the girls rushed the court and screams filled the gym. Being district champions gives a huge advantage going into the playoffs, the first three rounds will have us in good matchups,” senior Daria Jefferson said.

This was the first time that a girls basketball team has captured the district championship which made the win even sweeter for the team. Playoffs start monday Feb. 13, the road to State includes five rounds starting Feb. 13 against Texas High. A chance opens up to make more history by winning the first playoff game, something the girls team has not yet done.

“This year was different, we played more as a team. The team chemistry this year was a lot better than the previous two years I’ve been with the girls,” Jefferson said.