Taking It to the Hoop

Junior Patterson Levitch defends the perimeter

Daniel Wines, Staff Writer

With a better than expected regular season, the girls basketball team entered the playoffs with an 11-11 record, establishing themselves as the number three seed. The girls finished their season with an impressive win on Tuesday, February 9th against the George Wythe girls team of 60-29. Even after losing an entire starting lineup, the girls still have some star players leftover, including: Brianna Shearer, Tina Lindenfeld, McKenna Steele, and Nia Lloyd. With all of these talented players working together, the team experienced moderate success. However, they hit a speed bump when senior captain Brianna Shearer fell down against Huguenot and tore her ACL, rendering her incapable of finishing the season. With such a crucial blow to the team, other players had to step up, including: McKenna Steele and Tina Lindenfeld, who usually plays as a power forward, to take Brianna’s position. The team has brought up four new players from junior varsity, including, Irish Kulas, Margaret Weinhold, Jenna Kyte, and Jessica Dziedzic and look to gain some experience in the post-season.

On Wednesday, the team began their short-lived post-season run as the girls played Hanover High School, defeating them 63-45.  With contributions from Tina Lindenfield and McKenna Steele. Next, Midlo travelled to the number 2 seed in their conference, Huguenot, to whom they had lost the previous two times during the regular season.  After only being down by a few points at halftime, the girls seemed to lose intensity and were not able to play smoothly.

With five minutes left in the game, Midlo possessed a five point lead over Huguenot and were trying to close out the game when Huguenot hit some good shots and took the lead in the closing minutes to win 41-46. This loss in the conference semi-finals concluded their respectable season with a record of 12-12. After the game, the players rallied around their head coach, Adam Layton, who told his team that they could have pulled out the win, but Huguenot made some good shots. After the disappointing loss in her final game senior, Annah Walsh said, ¨It is [going to be] tough not being with my team. We’re really close, and it is weird not having a practice or a game right after school. I really miss them.¨ With only four seniors leaving the team, this relatively young team seeks to continue their success in years to come.