Friday, February 9, 2018

Girls’ basketball has order on the court

By: Lucas Smith

The Girls’ basketball team has dominated throughout their 2017-2018 season.  Currently, the record for Varsity is 11-6, and they hope to add to the number of wins with the two games that they have left. Both games are home on February 13 and 15. They are under the guidance of head coach John Kennedy, and assistant coaches Scotty Ullom, Rachel Stuck, and Jason Roush.
The team has had many interesting games this season. The most interesting game, concurred by many of the players, was against South Charleston.
“We were down the whole game and came back and beat them in overtime,” said senior Lexi Miller.
Not only has the team had nail-biting games, there have been many important games with lots of action. Parkersburg South and Parkersburg High School are two schools that are in the same conference with Ripley. So, these games are the some of the most important.
In fact, the teams’ biggest rivals are “Parkersburg South and Parkersburg High School,” said senior Presley Fisher.
The team hasn’t played Parkersburg High yet, but they have played against South. Sadly, the Lady Vikes did not win that game.
“We didn’t execute very well. They are a good team,” said junior Jaelyn Hunt.
Despite losing some games, the Lady Vikes have had a fun season and “the atmosphere is a lot more positive compared to past seasons,” said Fisher.
Senior players on the team are Lexi Miller, Presley Fisher, and Mary Pierson. Miller will go onto Concord University to continue playing the sport that she loves.
Miller is looking forward to college because she will be “playing with people who have the same goal.” 
These senior players will miss a lot of the things that come with playing on the Lady Viking basketball team.
“I will miss the team and our group chats, and all the bonding,” said Fisher.
Miller said that she will miss all of her teammates, especially the juniors.
 “What I will miss most is how everyone has each other’s backs. I love how supportive they are and how my coaches and teammates are proud of me for having improved since I started playing this year,” said Pierson.
However, the story doesn’t end here for the senior Lady Vikes. Miller will go onto study pre-physical therapy with a minor in sports medicine while playing basketball at Concord University. Fisher will hopefully be double majoring in criminal justice and psychology while getting a minor in Spanish at Fairmont University. Pierson also plans to attend either Fairmont University or the University of Tennessee to major in architecture.
If the team wins the sectional tournament, you will see them play at regionals. If they win regionals, they will go onto states. The team only has two more games left! Come out and support the Lady Vikes!


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