On February 26th, the Lions beat Dartmouth High School, 74-56, in the program’s first tournament victory in over four years. The girls then advanced to the quarterfinals, where they defeated Marshfield High School, 68-49.
On March 3rd, many South fans attended the semi-final game at Massasoit Community College in Brockton, wearing all white to demonstrate school spirit. They filled the stands and inspired the girls’ basketball team with enthusiasm and energy in its match against Needham High School.
The girls put exceptional effort into the game, and held Needham off for the first half hour of play. With only one minute left to play, Needham hit a shot from beyond the three-point line, tying the score at 41, and forcing the game into overtime. This crucial point in the game swung the momentum in Needham’s favor. South was never able to recover, and lost by a final score of 51-47.
“When [the game] ended, I felt awful. It was a well-played game, but we just came up short, sophomore Chloe Rothman said about the intense final minutes of the game. Rothman scored a team-high of 16 points in the semi-final game. Sophomores Kendall Burton and Sophie Bikofsky added 13 and 14 points, respectively.
“It was a really good season, our coach made great changes and the team had chemistry, Burton said.
Though the team did not make it to the finals, it is impossible to overlook the extraordinary season they had and how much they improved since their last season. With new coach Sam Doner and senior captains Sarah Bikofsky and Samantha Tye leading the team, the girls’ overall record was 15-9, a significant improvement from last year’s 7-13 record.
As the season wore on, the team continued to play with admirable devotion and drive, and continued to triumph, beating state powerhouses like Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School.
Coach Doner transformed the team’s raw talent into well-orchestrated coordination, making the team a legitimate contender in the Dual County League (DCL). He emphasized a balanced attack of offense and defense, as the team is now among the top ranked in these categories.
“The captains are amazing and we really came together as a family, which definitely made for a great season, Rothman said.
The girls’ basketball team suffered from an emotional defeat, but continued to stay positive. “After we lost we were all a bit upset but then we realized how far we had come and the great potential we have for the next few years, sophomore team member Julia Sloan-Cullen said.
The team expect many of their key players to return next season. Sophomores Bikofsky, Burton and Rothman will be back to lead.
The team will continue to compete for the DCL Championship for years to come, though the presence of this year’s seniors will be greatly missed. The dedication and hard work that the girls’ basketball team displayed over the entire season was reflected in their success.
Even though it did not end with a championship trophy, the team still has much to be proud of.