The start of a new, supportive and competitive, season for girls varsity basketball


An end to fall sports means a start to winter sports; one of those sports is girls varsity basketball. This group of girls has been preparing to play a competitive season this year.

“Our team is super excited for this upcoming season. We are ready to grow as a team and get better throughout the four months we spend together!” junior Maggie Kelderman said.

Even with a positive mindset going into this season, many understand the work that needs to be done. They understand that they are not here to mess around but to play and be fierce competitors. With that in mind, all of the players are going into practice with strong motives for what needs to be accomplished in a short amount of time. As senior Maya Holser said, “We will focus on the mental side of the game as well as help side defense.”

The girls went into their first game against Allendale, Friday, December 2, more ready than ever. Although they weren’t able to come out with a win (50-35 loss), they played with much ferocity and fire. Throughout the game, they played with lots of speed and aggression. They were able to express to Allendale that they weren’t giving up the game without a fight. “We were extremely competitive for most of the game,” coach K said. “We played aggressive defense and push a fast break transition offense.”

Going into the rest of the season, the girls are keeping their heads held high and preparing for what is to come. They know that this is only the start of an amazing season and with that, they are ready to play their first home game against Hopkins this Tuesday, December 6, at 7 pm. The loss against Allendale won’t bring their spirits down, it will show them what needs to be improved on to enhance their performances. However, the girls aren’t only taking what they can learn on the court but also, what they can learn about themselves and the teammates around them.

“It’s going to be a fun season with lots of positive energy and support for one another,” coach K said. “We’re looking forward to playing as a team, growing as human beings, and improving our skills.”