Leia Gluckman staff writer
The players gather for one final huddle as the first varsity girls basketball home game of the season comes to an end. The Normans are down by 12 points against Marymount as they head into the last minute of the game. Working hard to make a come-back, the Normans fall short, losing 47-61 last Tuesday, November 26.
Despite this being their second loss in an otherwise “good” season — the team has won all but two of seven games played — the team’s spirits remain high. With some quick saves allowing them to maintain their lead in the first half of the game, the unique ability to play off of one anothers’ skills this year’s basketball girls bring to the table is apparent.
Because of little turnover in the team roster this year, center junior Thea Spencer notes the “very good team dynamic” this year.
“We’re the same team as last year except for three players,” Spencer said. “We already knew the other three, so we’re all really close.”
This game was “the first game where [the team] was actually together” injury free Spencer said.
The remarkable skills of this team as they make their way down the court excite team captain shooting guard sophomore, Kylie Goldstein.
“This season, everybody’s been getting along really well and I’m really excited to spend more time with everybody and get more wins,” Goldstein said. “We have a really young team this year,” Goldstein said. “It’s honestly good because next year we will be close with each other and the experience will help a lot.”
“[As captain], I’m excited to be able to share my thoughts and experiences with the team and just be a leader overall because I want everybody to have a really fun time,” Goldstein said. “I feel like as captain I can really make that happen.”
Point-guard junior Deena Shadi was “extremely excited” to head into her second year on varsity after joining the team following two back-to-back CIF championships.
“We all know each other really well, It helps on the court with [building] trust,” Shadi said. “I’m just excited.”