Multiple Teams · The Road to State Begins

Both varsity basketball teams have made it to the end of their regular seasons, leaving only the fight to get to the state tournmanent.

“We’ve really buckled down for the end of the season to really prepare,” junior KenaDee Sommerla said. “We’ve focused and worked hard at practice.”

The girls are scheduled to play Topeka Seaman in the first round on Wednesday, Mar. 1. Senior Destini Mathis explained that winning the game is always a possibility.

“We beat Seaman by one last time we played them,” Mathis said. “They’re good but it’s not impossible to beat them.”

Both Sommerla and Mathis stated that it would definitely be a good game especially because of their hard work in practice leading up to this game.

“We have watched a lot of film [and] ran a lot of game time situation plays ,” Mathis said. “[We’ve] scrimmaged as if we were playing them at practice.”

Mathis spoke for the team by saying that their focus at the moment is Seaman and their job is to take everything one step at a time.  She later stated how sad it makes her to see her last year of basketball go down its final stretch

“Basketball has been a part of my life for so long,” Mathis said. “It really saddens me that it’s just coming to an end now.”

The following day (Thursday, Mar. 2) the boys are scheduled to play Washington High School. Senior Dylan Jenkins believes that practice will make perfect.

“We’ve looked at how Washington plays and practiced against the looks we are expecting them to run,” Jenkins said. “[We can then] see what works and doesn’t in order to adjust and be ready for anything they may throw at us.”

Despite their current 5-15 record, junior Marcus Sutton states that the team remains focused at practice.

“[When we don’t have to] worry about a game plan for another team, it helps keep us focused,” Sutton said. “We’ve been working harder because it’s win or go home.”

If either team were to lose their first substate game, their season would conclude. Jenkins stated that even if they lose, the regular season as a whole was still a success.

“We’ve seen a lot of improvements had had many close games,” Jenkins said. “It’s been fun playing with the other seniors that I’ve grown up with and played with since elementary school.”

Due to his close friendships on the team, Jenkins said that it’s sad to think it’s almost over. Junior Marcus Sutton believes he has learned so much from the current senior class and will miss them next year.

“[I’ve learned that] the underclassmen look up to the upperclassmen and being a strong leader goes a long way.” Sutton said. “I’m happy I got to play with the senior class and grow with them as players.”

For the remainder of the current season, the boys and girls basketball teams share one goal.

“I believe we’re going to be really focused on our goal these upcoming games and our goal is state,” Sommerla said.