Slam Dunk: Girls Basketball Begins


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The winter sports season has finally begun, and the Lady Panthers Basketball team is back on the court, ready to dribble, shoot, and score their way to the top. Currently holding a record of 3-1, the girls are looking forward to an exciting season as the year progresses.  [spacer height=”10px” id=”2″]

Having only lost one senior from last year’s team, this year’s group of talented players knows how to work and play together effectively. Led by two senior captains who are veterans to the team, Valeria de las Casas and Alli Stilisky, the Lady Panthers could not be in better hands. Other senior members of the team, Chase Shea and Jackie Procacci, are also ready to give their all for the team on and off the court.  [spacer height=”10px” id=”2″]

The team is also coming back from an outstanding season last year where the girls held an impressive record of 17-4. They are prepared to come back and do it again.[spacer height=”10px” id=”2″]

Junior point guard Sophie Shapiro, a returning member of the varsity squad, stated, “I’m looking forward to playing against Cardinal Gibbons this year because they were the team that knocked us out of districts last year. As a team, we’re excited to get a lot of support from fans, and we all can’t wait to see how the rest of the season goes.”[spacer height=”10px” id=”2″]

Returning varsity member and sophomore guard Haley Mordis remarked, “Last year we had a great season, but this year we believe we can go far, too. I think we have a lot more trust in each other on and off of the court this year, which will help us accomplish our goals this year.” [spacer height=”10px” id=”2″]

Apart from the players, the girls’ basketball team is also welcoming back returning coaching staff led by head coach Dave O’Connell and assistant coach John Gorman. When asked what he was most looking forward to this season, Coach O’Connell replied, “I’m looking forward to a very successful season with this group of girls. They’re older this year, they’re more experienced, and we’re a little deeper on the bench, so I’m looking forward to getting to a district championship.”[spacer height=”10px” id=”2″]

His words demonstrate that the team this year is qualified to go far, and Pine Crest could not be more ready to support the players on their endeavor.  [spacer height=”10px” id=”2″]

As the girls continue to work hard during practice every day, their skills and teamwork can only improve. The team played Saint Andrews on Monday November 21, and will play Trinity Christian Academy next Monday, November 28, at 6 pm.