Starting off the season right



By: Alicia Dowda

The Fisher Lady Bunnies along with the GCMS Lady Falcons hosted the three day Lady Falcons & Bunnies Tip-off Classic on November 16. This tournament is always the team’s first and kicks off the season with some excitement.

On Monday, at Fisher, Villa Grove crushed Salt Fork with an ending score of 65-19. The second game of the night was SJO against the Lady Bunnies. Fisher fought to the end, but sadly they lost 62-31. “The first varsity game was good. I think the team was nervous because we are a younger team,” Fisher junior Cassidy Thomas said.

On Tuesday, two more games took place at Fisher. In the first game SJO lost to Salt Fork 48-57. Fisher ended the night, with a thrilling win against Villa Grove 50-34. The girls face the adversity this season of losing some key seniors last year, but in this game they began to step-up and fill the gaps left behind.

“This year’s basketball team has a lot of shoes to fill, but the players will be able to fill those shoes,” Fisher senior Molly Fairfield said.

The tournament concluded on November 19. SJO started the night with a brilliant win against Villa Grove 63-27. The night ended with a substantial loss for Fisher against Salt Fork, 52-33. Even though the ladies had a tough game, head coach Ken Ingold believes the ladies are coming together well and have good attitudes. “The team works well together, they are very positive and have a lot of leadership,” Ingold said.

Many of the girls are looking forward to what this season might bring.  Many are pushing themselves to achieve individual goals as well as working toward a collective team goal.

Teammates Molly Fairfield, Toree Stalter, and Cassidy Thomas all expressed the drive to become better leaders for the younger players and for the team in general. They hope their roles will help achieve the team goal of coming together more on the court and getting better each and every game.

The team’s fears are the same as any team or athlete, they don’t want to get hurt or injured.  Ingold said one of the hurdles that could get in the way of their season could be injuries.  The team is made of 16 members and each member is necessary for their success Ingold said.

The team is strong and positive in any situation, whether they win or lose if the fulfill their goals they will end the season happy and accomplished.