the basketball season has come to an end for Elmira District Secondary School’s junior girls.
The team made it far, finishing fourth with a record of 11-4, earning themselves 22 points. Their final game against Sir John A. MacDonald Secondary School ended in a loss, but coach Pam Germann says the girls fought hard to get where they are.
“The effort was great. It was a difficult game for us, because the team they played against, Sir John A. Macdonald, has a lot of players that have a lot more experience than we do, but the girls were able to focus and keep it close in the first half,” she said.
Despite closing out the fall with a loss, Germann says the players showed significant improvement over the season, and one player in particular will be an asset to next year’s team.
“The girls learned a lot throughout the season and were able to develop into a team that was competitive in our league,” she said. “Chloe Snider was one of our students that showed a lot of improvement over the season. I think she is going to be a really important part of our team next year. She is in Grade 9 and was able to develop quite a bit. She has done a great job. She is very focused.”
Germann says the whole team kept their heads in the game, which resulted in their high finishing spot.
“Our team has been really focused this year, and I think that helped them improve, by watching what is happening in the game,” she said. “When they get on the court, they know what is happening, so they can give it a try themselves.”
The coach also has a message for the girls.
“I would want to say that I am proud of them, their effort and all of the energy they have put into the season,” she said. “Congratulations, you guys did a great job.”