Darya Foroohar, ‘20
As the final buzzer rang at the J.P. Kennedy Center, the members of BHSEC’s girls basketball team looked to each other with elation, for this 44-23 win against ICE had just sealed their status as winners of Manhattan South’s B division, a first for a Bard basketball team. The game had at first been tough, with frustration growing as the referees gave some questionable calls, a few players sustained injuries, and shots didn’t seem to go in. But by the third quarter, BHSEC had gained a considerable lead. Unfortunately, the team’s captain, Chantia Murphy (Y2), was unable to attend the game, but luckily one of the team’s managers and a part-time player, Vanessa Leung (Y1), was able to step in. Both teams fought hard until the final moments, but Bard was the one to enjoy the title of champions– and alone, as their only rival, Eastside High School, was defeated by Pace HS the very same day, ending their chances of being joint champions with Bard.
Along with winning the division, the successful season led the team to make playoffs with a 9-4 record. The decisive win that led to Bard attaining the coveted playoffs spot was a nerve-wracking game against Pace that went overtime, but Bard pulled through with a final score of 48-40. All the games of the season have been exciting, and when asked about the team’s success, Murphy stated, “This is why y’all should come see the girls play.”
Although Bard’s basketball team is quite small, there is a lot of spirit that comes from long commutes to games, tough practices, and the determination to improve. Using their spirit, the girls worked hard for their wins, facing tough schools like Eastside and Pace along the way. One significant issue that the girls faced was hitting the layups, and the missed shots caused coach Christopher Lanza quite a lot of stress during the games. The high stakes led to slight anxiety among the players, and Meagan O’Gorman (10th) admitted that she “was nervous to play, but… glad we won.” Tosin Omolola (Y1), had only one thing to say after the final game of the regular season, “Yasssss.”
The team won their first playoff game on Tuesday, but unfortunately lost on Valentine’s Day to Jamaica High School. Nevertheless, they had an excellent season and will surely perform well next year, with freshman Alexis McCoy promising a 13-0 record for next season.
The team with coach Lanza and his son.