Girls basketball season shoots into gear

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Going for the layup, junior Julia Mohrbacher beats two Beaver defenders at a home game on Dec. 13.

Troy Pawlowski, Sports Editor

The girls basketball team shot into action this month. This year will be a lot different than last year’s season due to new conditions. Last year, the basketball season was cut short due to COVID-19 protocols. The number of games scheduled was reduced, and as a result, the girls had less of an opportunity to expand on their season. This year, everything is seeming to go back to normal scheduling wise. Fans are still required to wear masks while watching in the stands, as well as the referees, in order to keep everyone safe. 

On Dec. 1, the team took on Union at home, marking the first scrimmage of the season. The junior varsity and varsity teams played multiple quarters. The score was close in most quarters between the two teams. In one of the final quarters of the scrimmage in the varsity game, the Union coaches decided to forfeit mid-game. 

As of Dec. 15, the girls basketball team has had three games, one of which being a home game. At their first official away game, they traveled to Chartiers Houston. However, the game that really had a lot of action was a home game on Dec. 13, where the Bulldogs played against the Beaver Bobcats at home. The game was close, with each side scoring back and forth. It came down to the final minutes of the last quarter for one team to outscore the other. At the end, the score ended up being 32-28, with the Bulldogs ending up on top. 

After beating Beaver, some of the team’s players were excited for what opportunities they will have this upcoming season. 

“I feel that the team has a lot of potential for this year. We showed great promise when we beat the defending WPIAL champs, Beaver, and we hope to continue to improve and grow as a team,” senior Olivia Evans said. 

“I would say that my expectations would be that we can have a pretty successful season because I think our team all-around is pretty strong, and I hope that we can make a playoff run,” senior Renae Mohrbacher said. 

There are also some new faces in the team lineup, like starting sophomore Shaye Bailey. 

“I think that we have a pretty good chemistry,” Mohrbacher said. “A lot of us are very close to each other on the team, which makes us a lot better on the court and getting the job done.” 

The bonding between these teammates of all grade levels is important to the overall morale and success of the team this season. 

“I think the freshmen add a great touch to the team chemistry. They are all super great, and I enjoy playing on a team with them,” Evans said. 

The team’s next game is an away game against the North Catholic Trojans.