Pratt High School girls basketball team came ready to play, but just couldn't kick it in high gear and lost to Circle, 50-33, ending their season just short of state.
The Lady Greenback basketball team fell short of the state tournament by one game on Saturday, March 2. They fought hard against the Circle Thunderbirds but ultimately lost, 50-33.
Before the game, the girls were ready to compete in the sub-state championship.
“As a team, I think we were a little nervous, but mostly just ready to get out and play,” said senior Rheagan Hoover.
At the beginning, the score was pretty close; it was anyone’s game. In the first half, the Greenbacks did a good job of limiting the Thunderbird’s threes. They also stayed patient on offense which allowed them to stay close going into halftime.
The second half, Pratt wasn’t able to keep up their defense and allowed Circle to get hot at the three point line. Once Circle was able to get a little run, the Greenbacks started to rush their shots and let Circle pull ahead even further.
They lost the game, 50-33, to end their season with a record of 14-7.
“We were one game away from getting to our ultimate goal and fell short. Those are the moments that are the most heartbreaking, being so close to something that you have worked so hard for over the past four years and falling short by one game,” said senior Allisan McGowan.
Although their season ended on a sad note, the Lady Greensbacks still have a successful season to look back on. They got second at the Cheney tournament early in the season, then won the Hoisington tournament, and only lost two league games.
“I told the girls in the locker room that I really enjoyed the season and coaching them and it wasn’t just because we won those 14 games but because of the type of girls they are,” said head coach Dustin Hildebrand. “They came and worked hard every day and have great personalities and are fun to be around.”
Several players also had some great things to say about the 2018-2019 basketball season.
“Everyone has bad games and we weren’t perfect by any means, but from winning only 4 games our sophomore year to growing together and ending with 14 wins this season, I am really happy with it, even if it ended earlier than what we wanted it to. I know I’m going to miss it more than I thought I would,” said senior captain Kierson Maydew.
With five seniors graduating this year, next years’ team will be completely different.
“Next season is going to be a totally different team. We are only bringing two girls back with varsity experience and so, as a coach, the challenge is to find the best way to give the team a chance to be successful when there is a big change in personnel,” said Hildebrand.
Players with varsity court experience Staats and Rasmussen will return for the Greenbacks next year.