Girls basketball team heads to states

Tyler Schwarzman, Sports Editor

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By this time last year, the MASH girls varsity basketball team’s season had already come to an end. The Cats had finished a disappointing 2017-2018 season full of learning curves with an overall record of 8-14, missing the postseason for the first time since 2011.

This season, however, has been an entirely different story. Coached by Clay McAllister, the Wildcats have taken their game to the next level. After starting off the season as champions of Manheim Central’s Lady Baron Tip-Off Tournament, the team has gone on to post an impressive record of 19-5, winning their last 10 games of the regular season, and even handed Bishop McDevitt its first lost of the season in late January.

As a result of all of their hard work and perseverance, the team clinched the eight seed in the District III playoff tournament. In the first round of the postseason, the team secured an easy, dominant win over nine-seeded Susquehannock by playing lockdown defense, allowing only 18 points to be scored, and shutting out the Warriors entirely in the third quarter. Sr. guard and Florida College commit Rylee Everett and So. guard Talia Gilliard combined for 26 of the Wildcats’ 42 points.

This past Friday, the Lady Cats headed up to Lancaster County to face off against Solanco in the district quarterfinals. Despite leading 25-18 at the half and 39-32 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Cats fell 64-53 following an offensive explosion from the Golden Mules.

The good news is, at the very least, the girls team is still guaranteed at least three more playoff games, two for seeding, and one in the first round of states. Jr. forward Logan Nutt said that the team’s trip to states is “well deserved” because “everyone has put in the time and work to get there.” She then went on to say, “We knew we could do it. It was just a matter of doing it.” Everett feels like the team has been so successful because they “came into the season thinking [they] had nothing to lose” (The Sentinel), losing being something the girls did not do too much this season.

Their next game is Tuesday, February 26th on the road against the Spring Grove Rockets. Their first state game is scheduled for Saturday, March 9th at a time and place to be determined. Come out and support them!

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Girls basketball team heads to states