On Friday, Feb. 14, the varsity girls basketball team traveled to North Hall High School for a first-round state playoff game. The Trojans were a No. 1 seed, and our Knights were a No. 4 seed. With two seniors unable to play for the Knights and the Lady Trojans possessing four senior starters, the Knights knew they were in for a challenge.
The Trojans came out strong in the first quarter and built a 16-10 lead on the heels of some accurate outside shooting. The Knights answered back, however, scoring 17 points in the second quarter to tie the game (27-27) at halftime. Senior Jordan Upchurch was on fire with eight 3-pointers.
Both teams came out ready to play in the third quarter. Every time the Trojans scored, the Knights answered back. Play went back and forth, and the Trojans held onto a slim lead heading into the fourth, 43-42. In the final quarter, a couple of empty possessions from the Knights, coupled with needing to foul to gain possession, left the team empty handed after four quarters of play. They fell 59-46.
Upchurch had an amazing game with 26 points. She ended the season with 112 3-pointers. Junior Camryn Jones and sophomore Megan Hardesty followed with 9 points each. In retrospect, the Knights experienced one of their toughest seasons to date but responded well. Some Knights were asked to play in positions they have never played before, and they stepped up to the task. Seniors Virginia Hobbs, Upchurch and Taylor Doucet are to be thanked for what they have given to the program over the past four years. They each stepped up to every task and fought hard all the way to the end. They will be missed.