By: Lexi Morgan @lexi_morgan17 [Events Editor]
A season of hard work, dedication, and motivation all leads up to this day. The day the girls basketball team is heading to the first round of the state tournament. For Danielle Dunne, senior, this will be the first and last time she experiences this.
Dunne has been playing basketball since she was in second grade, and has loved the sport ever since. This year her team has made it to state, which makes it even more special. “Going to state my senior year means everything. There’s no better time I would want to go. Getting there before I graduate is very special,” Dunne said.
They have been preparing for state since the first practice of the season. Their record is 19-4. “We looked at the season and took one game at a time. We’ve stayed solid on defense and improved our offensive game. We’ve grown closer as a team, and bettered our communication,” Dunne said.
The first round of state, they will be playing Harlan, the defending state champion. “We need to shoot with confidence, out hustle them, and play stellar defense on their key players,” Dunne said. They have been preparing for this game for awhile. “After the North Scott game, we have been scouting Harlan on film and have been scrimmaging and simulating what they do in practice,” she said.
Chloe Rice, sophomore, has also helped the team to prepare for this game. “We kept getting after it in practice and pushing each other to keep getting better,” she said.
But preparation isn’t enough to win state. “The key to us winning the first round is for us to be confident, focused, and play extremely well defense, like we’ve done all year,” Dunne said.
While going to state as a senior is exciting, it can be even more exciting for the younger players going. Sophie Willette, a freshman playing on varsity, has this honor. “It’s an amazing feeling. I feel so young surrounded by experienced players, but I know I’m ready. The Well is an amazing environment, and I can’t wait to play with my team,” she said.
Going to state will surely be an amazing experience for the girls, but it undoubtedly took a lot of hard work. “The first thing I’ll do if we win state is hug my team and coaches. I’ll start crying and savor the moment,” Dunne said.