by Anna Cook
Since 2010, Marian’s Varsity Basketball team has not competed in the District Tournament. On Feb. 20, the team played Papillion South in the first round and won by 31 points. The girls advanced to the District Finals, but lost to Lincoln East.
The team lost in the finals, but didn’t lose their spirit. “The hard work and dedication of each player really made us a dangerous team,” senior Delaney Bray said, “We really embraced the journey.”
They were .6 away from receiving a wild-card birth to state. Points are taken into account through the system of wins and losses throughout the season. Although the team didn’t make it to the State Tournament, their determination was evident in all players, “Everyone took on the role they were given and did everything they could to help the team in whatever way that was,” sophomore Sophia Hess said.
“They faced different adversities as the season went on from injuries, to basically the whole team getting the flu at one point in time, to losing three games in a row in February,” Head Coach Mr. Peter Cunningham said.
Despite these adversities, the varsity team pulled through with a record-breaking season. The team gained the most wins since 2010 and finished with a 14-10 season. “I am very proud of how this year’s team grew as players and people as the season went on, and I am very proud of what they accomplished,” Cunningham said.