Girls basketball led by seniors, improves record

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Senior Sara Scalia shoots a basket Dec. 7 during their game against Forest Lake. The girls won with a score of 59-52.

The girls varsity basketball team is in the middle of their season. Their season began in November and goes until March. They have been having a great season and have had much success.

Head coach this year is Willie Taylor and the captains are senior Sara Scalia, position point guard and junior Liza Karlen, post position.

We have really improved on working together throughout the year…we worked more as a team and talked more. This year everyone is really motivated, we all have the same mindset to get where we want to go.”

— Sara Scalia

Although this can be uncommon for a varsity team, all grades are represented on the team this year. They have had a total of 19 games and a total of 17 of them were wins, making this season very successful. One of their most successful games being against Roseville Feb. 5 with a winning score of 60-54.

This has been one of the best seasons so far, with some of the best wins. They have made it to this point of improvement in many ways according to the girls.

“At the beginning of the year we definitely were focused more on individual goals, and then as we go on through the season, we’re definitely working better as a team together,” Karlen said.

“We have really improved on working together throughout the year…we worked more as a team and talked more. This year everyone is really motivated, we all have the same mindset to get where we want to go,” Scalia added.

Great accomplishments 

This season has come with great accomplishments. Of course one of these accomplishments is their game against Roseville. Another one of these would be their game against Eastridge, when they won with a final score of 26-75.

“The ball was going out of bounds and Sara went to go save it, she threw it behind her back to Liza who hit the deep three point,” junior Grace Cote, position power forward said when talking about their epic game, against Eastridge.

Captain success 

The captains of the team play a big role in all the girls success. Captain Scalia has been a part of the varsity team since eighth grade and Karlen is new to the Stillwater team this year. It has been said that both of the girls bring the team the fun and energy they need. Without both captains, the team would not be as strong together as they are.

“Both our captains are super helpful in bringing our team closer and helping us succeed,” Cote said.

“As a captain, I have to be a leader and be more vocal, and tell people where to go, and where they should be,” Scalia added.

Team love

Coming together as a team means there is love, support and friendships involved. The girls are able to be fun together and serious at the same time. This positivity between teammates is a large part of getting the team to where they need to be.

“What I love most about my team is that we can all be funny and joke around at times, but we can also be tuned in and focused when we need to. We are all inclusive and never leave anyone out. This is a great team and I’m excited to keep moving forward with them,” Cote said.

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