After a sport season ends, coaches and players will reflect on the good and think of ways to improve what didn’t go well. One of the strangest high school girls basketball seasons ever recently ended for area teams. Due to the coronavirus pandemic that began after last year’s boys sectionals, it wasn’t even a sure thing there would be high school hoops this winter, but there was.
So now that the games have been played, through all of the postponements/cancellations and all of the start-stops due to contact tracing, are we happy that it did take place? Was it beneficial? Did we learn anything? Here are some responses from the front lines.
“I’m absolutely glad we got a season in,” said Argos head coach Scott Jennings. “We ended up getting 20 games in even though it wasn’t our complete schedule. We had a few games cancel, but we were fortunate to pick up a couple larger schools to play. Even though we didn’t have the large number of fans, the school band and cheerleaders, the girls still got to compete and enjoy a season that they deserved.”
Culver head coach Shane Lowry concurred.
“I think playing the season through Covid made the team more resilient. We learned how to play through adversity and understand the ‘next person up’ philosophy. We learned what it takes to be prepared for anything and to place a premium on the idea of being in condition to compete at a high level. We needed this season to learn how to play at the varsity level and gain valuable experience.”
See the story in The Pilot News.
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