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Basketball Battles Back

Byline: Maggie Sipps

Posted: September 25, 2011

The Wilson Phoenix basketball team has persisted through several tough losses, both on the court and on the bench. The majority of the season the Phoenix just could not finish with the win, though there were many close games. Although the team struggled, they did not lose their fire and passion for the game. After many tough practices and with a persistent coaching staff, the Phoenix basketball team demonstrated their heart and dedication.

Heartbreaking String of Losses

Recently, after a string of heartbreaking losses, on the weekend of Feb. 12 and Feb. 13 seven Phoenix players traveled to New York to play SUNY Morrisville and Cazenovia College. On Saturday, the Phoenix led in points for most of the game against Morrisville, though they did have to battle back at some moments. The final score was 60-53. A spark had been reignited, and the Phoenix felt elated with the win.

On Sunday, the Phoenix team held the lead the entire game. Down players, and coming off of a tough win, the team was able to stay focused and played through tired, sore legs and come out with the win. The team showed heart and determination. The final score was 60-51. Vanessa Whitfield ‘14, Tara Fields ‘13 and Alaina Hofer ‘11 demonstrated their talent and skill, putting a lot of points on the board. However, without the hard work and full commitment of each member of the team, those wins would not have been possible.

Currently, the Phoenix holds a game record of 4-19, but this does not fully reflect the passion and the fire the players have displayed this past season. Head coach Angie Grove says, "We might not have all the wins to make the climb look worthwhile, but what we do have is the respect that Wilson basketball deserves from our competition."

Promise for the Future

It is obvious to the fans that the team holds promise for a great future, although this is both Alaina Hofer's ‘11 and Megan Dennis' ‘11 last season on the court. Coach Grove says, "We are losing two fantastic seniors this year and they will be hard to replace next year." Hofer, captain of the team, has brought both talent and passion to the game, and she leaves big shoes to fill. Dennis has always been the relief that the team needs during tough games and practices.

Just Two Games Left

With two games left the Phoenix looks to continue their two game-winning streak. Grove says, "We are determined to win our fourth conference game on Saturday and then finish the season on Tuesday with a win against Trinity." At the final home conference game on Feb. 19 at 2:00pm, which is also the Senior Recognition Game, the Phoenix will play against Penn State University Abington.

Last Updated: September 25, 2011

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