Lady Bulldogs Season Comes to End


Kami Geron

Senior Ally Willis drives the baseline for a layup.

Kami Geron, Creative Editor

The Lady Bulldogs battled till the last three seconds when Jennings County let the clock run out to ensure a one-point win. That’s right, Jennings County will move onto the next round of sectionals after winning tonight 49-48. Your New Albany Bulldogs got into early foul trouble, but fought back from double-digit deficits. However their season has come to a tear-jerking end.

It meant everything being around those girls each and every day,” senior student assistant Riley Case said. “They make my day. We truly are a family. When I feel my lowest I know someone on the team makes an effort to make me smile and laugh. I’m so lucky to have these girls and coaches in my life.”

Case said she felt “lots of things during this game”. However she is mainly proud of the team for working hard to better themselves everyday. Like most of the team, Case wishes the season could be longer. In Case’s opinion, the team “played their hearts out tonight” and the seniors “should have left today with their heads held high”. Ultimately, Case is just proud of these girls and thankful for being along for the ride.

“It meant a lot to be apart of the team,” freshman filmographer Drew Farnsley said. “The coaching staff, managers, and players were very dedicated and hard working. I had a blast working with them and it was a great season.”

Farnsley too felt sad that the team lost, however he said at the same time he was very proud of them for “working hard and not giving up.”

“Working closely with the team this year was my greatest high school experience,” senior manager Adrienne Duke said. “It was the opportunity of a lifetime. I love this program and it has inspired me in more ways than I can count. It has given me life skills that I will carry out into my future career. It’s inspired me to create programs that are just as great as it, with the hope of making kids like these kids and providing jobs for coaches like these coaches. Everything about this program is amazing.”

Duke felt every emotion she could’ve imagined during the last game. She said the team that played in sectionals was “the team I was looking at all season long”. Her favorite memory wasn’t actually winning the first round of sectionals but the moments after; when the entire team crowded on the court and they jumped around yelling for about two minutes straight.

“We were hugging each other, we were crying,” Duke said, “And it was beautiful because it was like everything we had worked for all in one game. I think I will never forget the smile on those faces.”

Game stats are as followed:

Senior Ally Willis: 16 points

Junior Mya Jackson: 11 points

Freshman Maleea Roland: 10 points

Sophomore Layne Burke: 5 points

Freshman Taylor Treat: 4 points

Senior Alayasia Douglas: 2 points

Senior Antonia Ray: 0 points

Junior Blair Sprigler: 0 points

The team was 50% at the free throw line and had 11 turnovers.