Middle and High School basketball seasons ended two weeks ago.  So, a bit past due, but I talked to the coaches about the season.

The middle school team played six games – unfortunately losing all of them.  Coach Ronnie noted that, “although the season was short on wins, the Bulldog’s effort was outstanding.”  The leading scorers were Hadi N. with 47 points and Emma P. with 26.  Elliott C. brought down 52 rebounds, along with 31 boards by William G.   Coach Ronnie also noted that one of the team’s long time starters missed the first 4 games of the season due to illness, and that the absence was really felt offensively.

The high school team was 2-5 for the season, but all but one of those losses was very close.  A six point swing over a couple of games would have meant a winning record.  Coach Chip summed up the season:

The basketball season was a challenging experience this year at St. Stephens. Never having more than seven players suit up for any given game, and limited practice time made for a fairly difficult year. However, the boys came to play every night. They played hard in the face of adversity and never gave up until the final whistle blew. Many of the teams we played had two to three times the number of players we had, but our boys never tired and kept every game close with one exception. We have a good core of players in place, the majority of which are Freshmen and Sophomores. This bodes well for the coming years in St. Stephens Basketball, as we can learn and grow as a team and continue to improve in the seasons to come.

Up next for the sports season is tennis.  Middle and High School players have started practice and will be playing a state tournament next month.