Lady Pelicans to the Playoffs
When the season kicked off, there were many questions about whether the women’s varsity basketball team could be successful due to the lack of seniors and veteran leadership on the team. But the players knew they would prove the doubters wrong because many of the players were confident in their playing ability and Coach Russell Tombline’s creativity and skill in creating plays that could give the team an advantage. This confidence was well backed by their performance, as they are currently undefeated in both the ACIS and AAIS leagues, the ladder of which they will be competing in the playoffs. However, the season is not over yet, and they have many important games yet to come.
“Two of our biggest rival teams that we aspired to beat this year were Chapin and Sacred Heart, both of which we beat earlier in the season,” said Jolie Krebs (‘20). “All of the upcoming games will be important because the playoffs are do or die and if we lose, we can’t go to the championship. I think the team has an extremely bright future for the rest of this season.”
In addition to the team’s success, Brittany Boyce (‘17) recently surpassed the 1,000 point milestone, a great achievement that has been done by few at Packer. Despite her and Chandler Dewgard’s (‘17) important role to the team, confidence is still high for following seasons when the current seniors have graduated.
“Next year, we won’t have Brittany Boyce and Chandler Dewgard who are graduating this year. Even though we are losing two players, I think we will still do well because we’ll have eleven returning players. Some of us having been on the team for up to four years,” said Jolie Krebs.
Making the AAIS playoffs and continuing their undefeated streak would no doubt be a step in the right direction for girls varsity basketball and might even entice incoming freshman and other athletes to join the team next year.