Girls basketball wraps up successful season

Joe Pearson, Editor-in-chief

The Lady Bruins have had an incredible season so far this year, and eye the playoffs with a 4-1 record in district play. 

This year has been a break through year for the varsity girls basketball team, led by third year coach Samuel West. West has turned a program that was dismal at best three years ago into a contender for the district championship. 

This season is made even more incredible by the forgettable seasons that preceded it. 

After three years of hard work and sticking to the process that Coach West laid out, the Bruins are finally to see the results of the efforts. 

Senior Camellia Goodloe has led the Bruins this year. Her strong ball handling and keen passing has put her teammates in position to capitalize on the offensive end of the court. She’s a knockdown shooter in her own right, and her range extends beyond the three point arch. 

One of the biggest contributors to the team may come as a surprise. Chloe Taylor, just an eighth grader, has been an incredible addition to the team. 

In a big district game against Pisgah last month, Taylor sunk two clutch free throws to extend the Bruin lead to 5 points, making it a two possession game, and sealing the win. 

On January 18th, the Bruins trailed Pelahatchie 28-14 at halftime, but Taylor led a sensational second-half comeback. The Bruins scored 10 unanswered points during the third quarter and stormed back into the game. The comeback was complete when Alexandra Ladner managed to steal the ball in a full court press, make the layup while being fouled, and convert the free throw for a three point play. The game was iced by a Goodloe three pointer. 

As is evident in both of these games, the team this year is resilient. The have a grit and edge, and play hard until the fourth quarter is over. 

The best attribute of this girls team has got to be their determination. The players on the team has stuck it out through miserable seasons, but they are finally seeing the results that they have worked for. 

They are proof that building a program is difficult, and it takes time. They have established something that supersedes their time at Saint Joe. They may have laid the foundation for the team to prosper for years to come.