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Girls’ Basketball team looks to state tournament

By Denebola
Published: December 2007

By Kaleb Alperin

Hoping to bounce back from a discouraging past season, the girls’ basketball team works day and night in hopes of a better season this year. Well, maybe not nights, but the team has put in overtime to improve their record.
Last year’s record of 3-16 left something to be desired, as South finished eighth in the DCL, just above Boston Latin. They didn’t make the state tournament.
“Last year didn’t go too well,” junior Jacquelyn Hom said. “We didn’t have many wins, but it was fun. We’ll take it as a learning experience for this year.”The team has been coached for the last four years by Bentley university alum Elizabeth Leonard. “Every year has been better, she’s gotten more experience as a high-school coach,” varsity captain, junior Sam Tye said.
The assistant coach is David Bikofsky, father of two members­’€Sarah and Sophie Bikofsky­’€on the team. “He’s the man,” Tye said.
Originally Tye was not supposed to be the only captain of the team but senior Sarah Shapiro was unable to play due to complications with ankle injuries.
Having lost six seniors last year, the team is unusual in that it doesn’t have a single senior player. Instead, the five juniors on the team are stepping up and assuming leadership positions.
The team is also unusual because four freshmen made varsity this year­­’€Bikofsky, Semira Haghayeghi, Chloe Rothman, and Julia Sloan-Cohen.
The freshmen’s talent took the rest of the team by surprise, especially Sophie Bikofsky. She is extremely talented with loads of potential and working extremely hard to improve, as well, Tye said. Bikofsky scored four three-pointers against Natick and two against Wayland already this season.
The team practices six days a week and during vacations. Since they began practicing in late November, the team has focused on physically and mentally preparing for their upcoming games.
To ensure that the players have the endurance to last the whole game their workout schedule revolves around running.
Many players on the team play AAU basketball, an intense off-season program that provides additional preparation to players on the team.
As of Monday South’s record was 1-1 having lost their first game to Natick (45-50) and won their second against Wayland (55-34).
South’s main competition for the upcoming year is cross-town rival Newton North.
South beat North in a scrimage on December 8 and will play them again on December 8, 28 and 29. Last year the team suffered a tough loss against North, losing 51-29, however this season is off to a better start.
Hopes are also higher for this season as a whole. Hom hopes to make the state tournament and thinks the team has the potential to do so.
With new additions to the team and a strong core group already established, the team has its goals set towards reaching the state tournament.

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