A Promising Season: JV Girls Basketball Season Wrap-Up

Sophia Isler, Staff Writer

Our 2022 Girl JV Basketball team was extremely dedicated this season and worked as hard as they possibly could, ending the season with an overall record of 4-5. Their season began with matches against Baylor and Pickens, which ended with a score of 57-27 and 52-15, respectively. Although they lost both games, the Generals bounced back in their next game against LFO with a score of 37-34. The Generals’ next game was against Gordon Lee. It was an intensely close game throughout, and the girls fought valiantly despite a loss of 40-35. After that was a game against Southeast Whitfield and, with an eleven-point gap, our JV team showed off their improvement in this game with a score of 29-18. Following that game was a match against Heritage’s county rival, Ringgold, which ended in a loss, 47-21. The Generals quickly recovered, though, playing Ridgeland in a game that resulted in a loss but was nonetheless extremely close, 34-31. Although they lost, no one can deny that it was an exhilarating game. Our JV Generals went up against Southeast once again, and it was a close game like the one preceding it. Unlike the Ridgeland match, however, our Generals won with a score of 33-31. Ending the season, the Generals went against Northwest Whitfield in their final game and, to no one’s surprise, won with a score of 37-23. 

Looking back over the season, Coach Tony McAllister remarked that he was “really satisfied, considering we played several games without a full roster due to illness and injuries.” This was McAllister’s first year coaching girls, which he said was “definitely an adjustment,” but, he noted, “I really think we have the pieces in place to continue being successful.” For McAllister, “beating Northwest Whitfield by 14 points was probably the biggest highlight” was the highlight of the season. For Alexia Taylor, the highlight of the season “would have to be the last game [against Northwest]. I feel like it brought us closer together and really showed how we grew as a team.” Alexia noted that Brooke Matherly stood out to her this year “simply because she’s an amazing leader.” As for Caroline Hamilton, the player that stood out the most to her was Abby Scott, “because she’s a senior and just started playing.” “I think she did really well for it being her first year,” she said. The highlight of the season for Caroline was “when we played Ringgold.” “Even though we lost,” she said, “I had the most points I’ve scored all season in that game.” Abby Scott agreed that this game was also a highlight. For her, it was “because I hit a three for the first time; it was very exciting.” Overall, McAllister expressed, “We finished the season strong and that bodes well for the future.” There is no doubt that this team will continue to work hard and do even better next season.