February 26, 2007
Albany -- After a disappointing end to last season, the Sherwood Christian girls basketball team set a goal to make it to the state semi-finals.
The Lady Eagles will play in the GISA Final Four for the first time ever Thursday.
The Sherwood Christian girls basketball team had a 21-8 record last year, best in school history, but fell in the opening round of the state playoffs.
Head coach Gina Mitchell says, "It was really disappointing last year, because I thought we had a better team than that. I just felt like we didn't reach our potential last year."
The Lady Eagles using the early exit as motivation this season, and have advanced to the State Final Four for the first time in school history.
Senior Laura Coleman says, "That's huge. Not only for us and our team, but for our school and our fans. It's a pretty big step."
"It's pretty exciting," adds senior Kendall Davis. "We've been waiting for this for awhile, and it's here now. We're just ready to keep playing and go far."
SCA will face two-time defending state champ Stratford in the semi-finals.
Coleman says, "It's pretty exciting, and it's going to be a good chance for us to show what we are capable of."
Mitchell adds, "They're a solid team all the way around, but I feel like if we play to our potential, we can play with them, and anything can happen."
Coach Mitchell says the difference in experience on the big stage will not be a factor.
"It's who ever plays with the biggest heart at this point. It's who ever plays to their potential at this point."
Sherwood Christian takes on Stratford Thursday night at 7pm.