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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Arrows Fall

Winning their opening game in the state tournament 57-52 against Milton Union, Preble Shawnee advanced to the second round where they ran into a buzz saw in Versailles - a perennial basketball powerhouse and a top ten ranked team in the state.   The Tigers used a press against the Arrows and with a deep bench, they kept a stream of fresh players in revolving door fashion on the court.  Although the players were gamers to the end, they would fall 84-34.

It has been a tumultuous season the Preble Shawnee Girls basketball team.  Short on numbers, they decided to forgo a Junior Varsity team and just play a varsity only schedule.  By seasons end the team had one senior, one junior, and the balance were freshman and sophomores. Then due to illness and injury they went on a streak where they played 6 games in a row with just 6 players.  Still the team overcame adversity and ended the season with a winning record. 

Coach Joe Webster had this to say after the game, “Nobody had thought that we would win what we have won.   You guys can’t win, you won’t win.  But we proved them wrong by winning 13 games – not too bad with this young group of kids.  But we ran into one of the top teams in the state here.  We are 5 foot nothing and they are 6 foot plus. “

The seniors, “We lost Sydney Steele earlier in this season with a broken foot.  But Mattie Woodard is primarily a soccer player, but came back to play basketball.  She’s a soccer player playing basketball but she still excelled. She exceeded her expectations and mine.  She will compete on any night, against anybody – she has that kind of heart.  It’s going to be hard to replace that.  She shows the younger kids on the court that this is the way that this game is to be played. She was first team all league, nominated for the district team, and first team upperclassman on the district team. We will miss her and her heart to compete that’s the biggest thing with Mattie. ” 

Scoring for Shawnee: Woodard 17, Moore 9, Walker 6, Wilson 2

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