The girls basketball started fresh with new head coach, Brian Cromwell, this year. This would be the girls’ third coaching change in the past three years, and with the edition of Cromwell, there is hope for success in the next few years.
The season started off slow, but the girls found their first win against Buckeye Valley on Dec. 8, with a 44-39 win. Just after that game, their season was on pause due to COVID protocol and would resume during the winter break.
On Jan. 4, the girls had their first league game against Upper Arlington, but would fall short to the Golden Bears, 37-52. They then would play Hilliard Bradley on Jan. 8, but would lose 37-60. On Jan. 12, the girls would face a good Dublin Coffman team in another league match, but lost to the rocks, 47-70.
Starting Jan. 15, the girls would face their Olentangy sister schools back-to-back. First was Liberty, a league matchup, and the Pioneers would fall 43-69. The girls would face Berlin on Jan. 18, and through a close back and forth game, the Pioneers would fall to the Bears, 31-49. The girls then faced Olentangy on Jan. 19, but fell to the Braves, 44-60.
Although the girls weren’t winning games, they were still advancing as a team. “We weren’t getting the results we wanted, but our team was improving game after game,” says Senior Reese Miller.
The Pioneers would find two more results that showed their improvement. On Feb. 1, the girls had a league game against Hilliard Davidson, and secured the win, 50-49, with a buzzer beater lay-up by Kayla Delmore. Then on Feb. 2, the girls faced Thomas Worthington and put up a strong fight to win 51-49.
Going into the tournament, the girls were ranked 39th with a first week bye. They then faced 1st ranked New Albany on Feb. 19, and would lose 13-62. The girls would finish the season with the record 3-18 and a league record of 1-8.
The results may have not been obvious, but Coach Cromwell would say otherwise. “The season was a success in what we needed to do as a program and we can build on that moving forward,” explained Coach Cromwell.
Sophomore Kayla Delmore led the team in points this season, followed by her twin sister Emma Delmore. “I’m excited to see us improve next season and generate more wins,” says K. Delmore.
The Pioneers are losing seniors Reese Miller, Hailey Schwade, and Brooke Thompson. The key returners to look out for next season are Kayla Delmore, Emma Delmore, Junior Ellie Beck, Freshman Mairin O’Brien, Freshman Maddie Yanka.
By: Zoe Sucharski