The Seymour Lady Panthers won four games and brought home the Albany Tournament Title this past weekend. A journey which proved to be a challenge.
“Because of tie-breaker pool situation, we ended up coming out first in our pool, so we faced a big, athletic, well coached Breckenridge team in the semifinals. Got down fifteen, chipped away and actually tied it up and had a chance last possession, broke the press and scored right at the buzzer,” says head coach Doug Hunt.
“It was tied 35-35 with nine seconds left. And the girl was shooting a free-throw. And we got the rebound, next thing yuo know we had the ball in my hands. And all I could think about was I have nine seconds to try and make this win or we go into overtime. So, I push up the floor, I was trying my hardest to see if I could get one of my girls open, and then I just saw the lay up, I shot it, and it went in! And I was really really excited, there’s nothing else to it,” explains senior guard, Brooke Winn.
“So, we got past semifinals, got into the finals, against a really good Cisco team, and ended up winning, beating Cisco. So, kids are excited, parents are excited,” Hunt continues.
“That game was really tough for us because we had a ten point lead at some point but they got back up and we had to overcome, and we had to push through during halftime and see if we could break through that wall. Having the pressure against us for the championship game, it’s really tough. But having the courage that these girls did and overcoming so much, it was really amazing,” adds Winn.
The Lady Panthers are excited to start the season after overcoming adversity, especially in those last two wins.
“It got us excited for the rest of the season and the rest of district because we have a really competitive district, so we know that we have to be focused and ready to play every single game,” says senior post, Randi Peters.
A competitive district to say the least. The Lady Panthers are up against state ranked Windthorst in District 9-2A. But that is not stopping these girls from aiming for the district title.