Lady Longhorn Basketball

Unity helps team earn a spot in district finals

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Lady Longhorn Basketball

Jadin B.

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The 2017 basketball season for the Lady Longhorns was an eventful one. The high intensity and passion displayed by the Lady Horns kept the crowd on their feet, during and after the games. Win or lose, the girls could be seen praying with their opponents after every game for safe travels, a safe season, and to express their thankfulness for the opportunity to play the sport.

Ragan Nickless, a junior, said, “Giving the game to God was a theme we had this year. I feel like praying brings people together and completes the game. Everyone can thank God; we might not do that if we didn’t pray together.”

The team prays with their opponents after a game.

A second-place finish in the SPVA tournament boosted the team’s desire to take the season as far as possible.

“We realized we needed to be more in control,” Ragan said. “It made us all want to work harder.”

Coach Mark Bottom said, “Getting second was OK, but we really wanted first. We’ve gotten second twice in three years; we wanted to try and win it.”

After SPVA, the team found another motto to work for during the season: Unity.

The Lady Horns come together after a game.

“Winning state track last year helped the girls to be determined,” Bottom said. “They were really united, and that was the difference between this season and last.”

The team ended the season competing in a district final game for the first time in 17 years. The Lady Horns finished their season with a 17-8 record, earning the title of district runner-up.

The team poses for a picture after earning second place at districts.