by Sydney Hooyer/@email@example.com
PC’s girls basketball season came to an end with a 42-85 loss against East Marshall in the semi-final game, after defeating Colfax Mingo (46-23) and Pleasantville (36-29). Although the girls had a difficult season with a record of 5-19, they were proud of how far they made it in the postseason tournament.
According to head coach Brad Engbers, the team had a few hurdles to overcome throughout the season, such as only having nine varsity players on the team. “Our challenges were the lack of varsity experience at the start of the season and the fact that we weren’t real deep,” he said.
However, the girls fought back throughout the season and grew in their determination and persistence. With every practice and game, they were always improving. “I think our greatest growth in the girls’ basketball program was in developing grit and resilience. Later in the season we were competing well with teams that had beaten us fairly soundly in the earlier part of the season,” Engbers said.
Although the team overcame many of the obstacles they faced at the beginning of the season, they were plagued with illnesses and injuries as the season came to a close. “We had lots of injuries and sickness, especially at the end. But we all worked hard to help those who couldn’t participate by trying our best in practices and games,” said senior Kara Van Wyk.
Despite the challenges along the way, the season brought the girls many pleasant memories, such as the competitive games with DCG, Indianola, Pella, and Knoxville where they just fell short of winning, and Allison Van Gorp’s stellar blocks against Pleasantville. Some of the girls’ other favorite memories from this season included team bonding. “I think the highlights of this season were the times we spent together off the court. We all became so close over the last couple of months and made strong friendships throughout this sport,” said senior Adrie Fransman.
Overall the Eagles gave it their all and ended the season playing their best basketball. “Our team chemistry was at an all-time high. We got along so well and had so much fun on and off the court,” said Kara Van Wyk.