Girls basketball had a tough previous season and were looking to improve in multiple aspects of their game that would hopefully give them an edge over other teams. “Team chemistry on and off the court was one of the areas that needed to be improved the most from last year,” Varsity Girls Basketball Coach, Bob Scott said.
The team started off the season on Wednesday Dec. 4th, with a conference game at home against Westerville North. The team played hard, but lost in a close game, 36-39.
A couple days later, the team got their first win of the season in an exciting game against Hilliard Darby, with a score of 52-51 in double overtime. Senior Lauren Perone made a game-tying three at the buzzer to force OT and also lead the team with 14 points. Senior Maddie Erickson’s free throw with two seconds left in double overtime won the game. “As the team chemistry improved, some of the girls stepped up into more predominant leadership roles, motivating other players to give their best effort,” Scott said.
In their sixth game of the season, girls basketball played Grove City and won 54-31. Perone scored 17 points and junior Anna Grabau scored 14 with a combined score of more than half the team’s overall score.
On Jan. 11th, they played Westerville North and won 38-29. Their win against Westerville North was their first win against another team in the conference in three years.
On Feb. 6th, they played Franklin Heights. The team started off strong in the first quarter, winning 21-2 and continued the momentum, finishing with a score of 55-18. Perone lead the team with 15 points.
The next week they played on the road against Buckeye Valley. It was an even game, but at the beginning of the fourth quarter Buckeye Valley took off and ended up taking over. Orange lost 33-41.
The girls played their first game in the State Tournament on Saturday, February 16th. The Lady Pioneers (34) played at Teays Valley High School (11). The team started off strong in the first quarter ending with a lead, 13-12. However, they didn’t get the results they were looking for. They only scored 16 more points throughout in the rest of the game, losing 29-71.
The team ended their season with a record of 5-18. “Our goal was to play our best and as a team. Our record didn’t go the way we planned, but what it couldn’t show was the continuous effort throughout each and every game,” senior Maddie Erickson said.
Perone received special mention and Grabau received honorable mention.
Written by: Grace Poorbaugh