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Varsity Girls Basketball: the road to taking state

Senior Kendra Levings works hard for their upcoming games.

Senior Kendra Levings works hard for their upcoming games.

By Ashton Jantz

By Ashton Jantz

Senior Kendra Levings works hard for their upcoming games.

Emma McCabe, Memorial Staff Writer

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On Jan. 6 Memorial’s varsity girl’s basketball team took home second place in the most recent Putnam City Invitational (PCI).  Their first two games’ results against Putnam City original on Jan. 4 and Bixby on Jan. 5 reflected the ladies’ hard work and effort with victories. The championship game against the number one school in the state, Putnam City West, was a hard loss though it was a game to learn from and help grow through moving forward in the season.

“We had to face some adversity, some athleticism, some size and that gave us a taste of where we need to go and where we need to be at when it comes to state tournament time,” head coach Dandy Peeler said. “It was a good opportunity for us to learn, even though we did not win.”

Though the girls have already seen their dedication and focus pay off through many victories, their losses have helped strengthen them and realize what parts might need more attention.

“We have only lost three games so far and two out of those three games were because we didn’t have good team chemistry; at the start of the season we beat North and Santa Fe because we played amazing together,” sophomore Katelyn Levings said.

The team has truly developed their teamwork and has been able to bond more than most school teams due to them being a younger team last year and as such only lost two seniors at the end of the year.

“That really helped us because practically the entire team is still here so we became really close through that,” Levings said.

The team captain, Kendra Levings, noted this as well saying that playing as a team and playing team ball is what earned them a spot in the championship game at PCI and will continue to further their success this season. Two out of the five of the all-tournament team selections went to sophomore Katelyn Levings and junior Taylor Norman.

Other than experiencing a taste of the competition, the tournament served as a test for all the hours of practice the team has put in. From Monday through Friday the girl’s have practiced for two and a half to three hours including over the breaks and sometimes even on Sundays.

“Like every team early in the season you struggle with execution and so we have been really focusing on finishing around the rim, over the weekend that was something that we improved on,” Peeler said. “We don’t have a day off, we don’t have a game off, so it is important for us to be ready, be prepared and stay focused.”

The girls are already back at it to continue this streak of progressing and developing. They beat Stillwater on Jan. 9 and look forward to another challenging game on the 13th against West Moore who are in the top three of the state.

Contact Emma McCabe at [email protected]

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