The Napavine girls basketball team piled into two vans on February 26, and set off for their destination: Spokane. The girls have been preparing for just this moment. All of their practices and hard work lead up to State Championships. The girls had an overall placing of 5th.
The Napavine band also traveled with the girls, they were there to perform and continue to play their peppy music. Thanks to Mr. Craig, all of his students seemed to have a blast while rooting for their Napavine team.
The Napavine cheer squad had also tagged along. Madison Doughty, a junior at Napavine, was one of the cheerleaders. She was happy to be there and the rest of the squad was pumped to watch the girls play. Over the radio, their voices could be hear, cheering for our girls.
The Napavine girls basketball team played on Wednesday against Brewster, they won with a score of 62-52. On Thursday, the girls were against Wahkiakum and won, 53-27. On Friday, there was a sudden shift, the girls had to play against Davenport and wound up with a loss. They had an overall score of 51-43 and had to play for either 3rd or 5th the very next day.
All of the events lead up to one final game. The girls team had to play against St. George.
In this moment the girls realized it was all or nothing. Their school would be proud no matter what happened and yet they were still willing to give their absolute best.
It was a long, strenuous game with a hard battle for the title of 3rd place. The Napavine girls lost by only 6 points, the scoreboard reading 50-44.
Despite facing some heavy losses, the Napavine girls still did an outstanding job in Spokane. Melissa Lee, a Napavine senior, scored 104 points just in 4 games, she broke the current record for tourney scoring, which was originally set by Jill Townsend and Peyton Souvenir with 72 points.
Mollie Olson, an amazing senior athlete, posted several photos with her team and captioned it, "This team is full of my best friends and people I love so much. I wouldn't have wanted to spend my time with anyone else."
Napavine students and staff who remained at home, were pleased by the results. Gratuity towards the Napavine band, cheer squad and of course, the athletes and their parents for dedicating their time to the entire season. It takes a lot to be a part of such a huge event- patience, practice and strength.