The last few weeks have been very stressful for the Cedar Cliff Lady Colts.
Many of us got sick with strep throat, the flu and colds. Also, there were many game-limiting injuries like sprained ankles, a broken wrist and even a torn ACL. All of these left us physically tired, but we knew we couldn’t give up.
We just ended a very tough week of basketball. Our league standings were very tight and one particular win could have sent us to first place. First on our schedule was Hershey. We knew they were a very aggressive and feisty team. They won some very good games and lost to some very good teams only by a few points. We had to bring our all despite injury and sickness. For most of the game it was back and forth with scoring, which left the score close. We got lazy on defense at times, reaching in for fouls that put them to the line to gain easy points.
All year our coach has preached that every game we need to box out and rebound every time on defense because we are a team with not very much height. We lacked this again in our game against Hershey.
Despite the poor execution on our part, we came away with the win. Our next focus was Lower Dauphin, who had been sitting at first in our league. A goal of ours from the beginning was always to win the league before anything. We had this opportunity right at our fingertips this time. We knew Lower Dauphin liked to slow down our offense and work us on defense. The game plan was fresh in our minds of who we needed to stop. We were ready to just take the court and play.
The game started out slow for us with many free opportunities for points lost on missed foul shots. Even despite these missed free throws and a couple missed layups, we were still right in the game. We battled back and forth once again, but this time we came out two points short of winning. After putting so much hard work into preparing and to be so close the whole game, losing that game hurt a lot. It stung for the night, but we knew we had to change our focus to finishing out our last four regular season games and then on to districts.
If we stick together as a team, practice harder and come together every night that we’re on the court, we are going to accomplish great things in the near future.