by Arnav Rajdev/Lion Staff
Basketball season may be over, but the marquee wins, like the one against the previously undefeated Cedar Grove, are still etched in our memory.
Going into the season, Coach Koudele said the goal was to be “playing our best basketball and have all our players know their roles and accept them by tournament time in February.”
And when tournament time finally did come, Coack Koudele thought that the team was “playing fairly well at the end of January.” Unfortunately, the season ended in the first round of the tournament at the hands of Towers High School.
Despite the early exit, Coach Koudele still spoke positively about a lot of the younger guys on the team. “Freshman Ryan Mutombo, Jay Joshi, and Junior Michael Hardee all showed great improvement as the season went on,” said Coach K. “They played key minutes, improved their game, and were willing to take on whatever role the team needed this season.”
Coach Koudele also spoke about the leadership of many of the upperclassmen, like Peyton Ringer, Evan McKown and Nick Jackson.
When asked about this season, junior Michael Hardee stated, “There were some ups and downs, but the season definitely had its highlights. There was the win over #4 Cedar Grove and #10 Towers.”
While senior starter Evan McKown acknowledged the season didn’t end the way they wanted, he was proud of the team as a whole. “I’m definitely going to miss it,” he said.
All in all, it was a year that saw the basketball team defy the odds against a couple of top teams, and give it their all in a tough tournament game. Of course with every sport, many senior leaders graduate, but with that come just as many younger leaders like Michael Hardee.
Ultimately Coach K said it best: “We played together as a team, competed hard, stayed united and believed in ourselves as a team.”