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Girls Basketball doing great
February 16, 2010By Wynette Jameson of Clear Creek High School
By: Meghan Mistry
As a team that once won the district title 14 years in a row, Clear Creek’s girls Varsity Basketball team is hoping to renew the tradition. With no losses, the team, currently undefeated after beating every single team on the first round of games, heads into the second circle with a target on their backs.
Following Varsity’s impeccable example, Junior Varsity also hopes to achieve the honors of a district title. JV’s main rival continues to be Clear Lake, after losing a close game to them. Clear Lake remains undefeated, and Creek’s JV has only lost twice. Even with losing twice the team could still receive second place.
Creek’s JV lost a hard fought game to Lake once, where in the last 47 seconds Lake won on free-throws.
“For JV, we rival Lake the most, simply because we lost to them once, and we haven’t played them twice like we’ve played Springs.” Jasmine Cook, a JV sophmore, said.
Despite most assumptions, Lake has not been Varsity’s biggest rival. Even with the traditional Creek-Lake competition, Lake’s Varsity was no match for the skills demonstrated by Creek team members.
Emerging as the schools newest rival last year Spring’s, only a second year team, is the most challenging team Creek has played.
Even though they are still competition, Creek showed off their skills on January 26, when they played against Springs. Within the first few minutes of the game, Springs began playing hard. The team started off in the lead, but in the end, Creek won a well fought game.
Two games for each team remain in the season. One against Brook, and the long anticipated Lake game.
To ensure that the team does well in District’s, they practice daily.
“Everday I practice as hard as I can,” Erin Farmer, a freshman on varsity, said.
Creek’s basketball team does much more than just play on the court, they also help to give back to the community.
“For our January service project we’re sending Valentine’s’ Day Cards to the troops over seas. It’s a way for us to let them know we care. ” Jana Williams, the head coach, said.
In addition to sending cards to the troops, the team also made Christmas cards and visited the nursing home. At the home they delivered the cards and painted nails of the elderly women.
Both Jana Williams and Naima Johnson, the two main coaches, have high expectations of all players. The girls must achieve A’s and B’s on their report and progress report cards, and continue leadership qualities into the classroom.
Many of the girls, including Kaylin Dugie and Nyha Carter, two Varsity high scorers, are involved in many school leadership positions. Nyha is a JROTC member, and Kaylin is DECA member and Pal. The ability to lead in and outside of the gym comes into play when the team is stuck in a tight situation, and has to begin playing extremely smart.
The teams hope to end their season with high district titles. The late nights, the extreme practices, and the unfailing devotion to the sport are sure to pay off; after all, the Creek Girl’s Basketball team is undefeated.