After a mild ice storm that forced the conference to re-schedule the championship game to Tuesday, my Eagles finally got to play the most anticipated girls basketball game in Scholars Academy history. Unfortunately, we didn't play very well, we didn't coach very well, our opponent did both extremely well, and we came up short.
It's never easy to smile while holding the
Conference Runner-Up trophy
just minutes after a tough loss,
but most of the girls managed to do it.
Despite the final outcome, it is impossible to call our season anything but a huge success. We finished 15-4 - recording more than twice as many victories as last season, my first as a head coach. All five returning players improved, and our five newcomers for this season - none of whom had ever played competitive basketball - got so much better from the first practice to the final buzzer that it's hard to describe in words.
We reached the championship game for the first time in the school's 15-year history and had a season filled with memorable moments -- some of which I'll chronicle in a later post, after the sting of Tuesday's loss is a little less fresh in my mind.
I'll wrap this up by saying I am so proud to have been associated with this group of dedicated, hard-working, smart and fun ladies. These last four months have been special, and I'll never forget them.