With an overall record of nine wins and thirteen losses, the girls’ basketball team faced a challenging season. Coping with the loss of several talented seniors and suffering player injuries, the team started the season in a difficult position.
Captains Ainsley Raybold (grade 12) and Jade Love-Morris (grade 12) led their team in points, Love-Morris with 255 and Raybold with an even 200. Kallee Locker (grade 12) and Taryn Hummer (grade 11) contributed significantly as well with 123 points apiece.
Love-Morris says, “As far as our last season went, we all made the best of what we could despite covid and injuries. In all, the past four years have gone by so fast and it’s been a fun run. There’s been a lot of accomplishments…and our program is not finished yet. I’m excited to see what the next years will have in store for the Lady Bears!”
Head coach John Myers also achieved his 100th win with the team, ending his coaching career on a high. Ultimately, the girls finished third in L-L League Section Two, and Jade Love-Morris and Ainsley Raybold were both elected Section Two First Team All-Stars.
After a riveting win over Palmyra, the boys’ basketball team advanced to the state tournament for the fifth time in the program’s history. During the Palmyra game, senior Patrick Gilhool stepped up to score 32 points, 12 from 3-pointers, to secure the boys’ 68-57 victory.
This season, the boys dominated the court with an overall record of 16 wins and 11 losses and a league record of 8 wins and 5 losses. Top scorers include brothers Patrick and Matthew Gilhool (grade 10), putting up 424 and 380 points, respectively. Starters Braden Cummings (grade 11) and Techeal Gonquoi (grade 12) surpassed the 200 mark as well; Cummings scoring 242 points and Gonquoi with 210.
Before the state playoff game against Laurel Highlands, varsity head coach Lee Eckert said, “I am very proud of our team and the success we have had this season, we have been led greatly by our Seniors. At the start of the season we came up with three goals which were, to win more than 13 games, host a home district game and make states. We were able to accomplish all of those goals this season. I'm really excited to get on the bus to go to Pittsburgh and compete against one of the best teams in the state on Tuesday.”
The boys put up a strong first half against Laurel Highlands, led by Matthew Gilhool with 11 points and 10 rebounds. However, boosted by an 8-0 run at the beginning of the third quarter, Laurel Highlands dominated the second half and ultimately won the game with a score of 55 to 33. L-L League Section Two All-Stars include Patrick Gilhool, unanimously elected to the First Team, and Matthew Gilhool, elected to the Second Team.