Basketball is a famous American pastime. One of the most beloved sports, the 2010 National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals games brought in an average 18 million viewers nightly. This nation-wide love for the high-paced and difficult game overflowed into the Clear Falls basketball program.
When the school opened on August 23, the girls began their training for the long season ahead.
As months passed, official team tryouts were held on October 20, ultimately deciding both the JV and Freshman Team’s members.
In the end, Erin Farmer, Gene Johnson, Bria Deejon, Morgan Foster, Maggy Mulholland, Madison Ruta, Ashley Dugie, Melina Stephens, and Meghan Mistry made the girl’s JV team. After previously playing together on the school’s Fall League team, the team debuted their season at home on Tuesday, November 9.
During the season premiere, the girls played Ridge Pointe’s JV team, and won 83-14 That weekend (Nov. 12-14) they participated in their first CCISD tournament. After winning to Clear Creek on Thursday night, they battled Clear Lake.
While they lost in the last 46 seconds of the game, with and ending score 53-51, the girls played hard the entire way through. Only seven of the team’s players could participate during the game due to eligibility, injuries, and Mulholland running at the State Cross Country meet. The two rivals will face off again on December 10.
“I wanted to win so bad, but we’ll play them again, and this time we’ll win!” Madison Ruta, the JV point-guard said.
Despite their tough loss, the girls have high expectations for their season.
“I want us to go undefeated in district,” said JV point-and-shooting-guard, Ashley Dugie.
The girls also participated in the Baytown-Lee Tournament, hosted at Robert E. Lee High. The team won the overall tournament and returned to Clear Falls with a championship plaque.
Early November also brought the boy’s basketball try-outs for the freshman, sophomore, and Junior Varsity teams.
The try-outs consisted of shooting drills, position work, and one-on-one full court playing time. These drills helped identify those who would make the JV team from those for the sophomore and freshman. The need to distinguish a difference in player level came after a wave of off-season football players flooded the try-outs.
After deciding the teams, the JV team also battled Clear Lake for their season opener, on Tuesday, November 16.
“We had a terrific season opener against Clear Lake resulting in a win. We have a lot of talent and will be able to win a lot of games if we stay together and work hard.” Andrew Edoimioya, JV point-guard said.
Clear Falls won the game 60-49, leaving Lake with a surprising loss.
In reaction to the success of both teams, the two head coaches Shannon Osborne and Darren Chandler said they have high expectations for the teams, and expect to see both with outstanding seasons.