One of the main characteristics of a good team, is being able to stay focused after battling through obstacles. This is exactly what the Panthers boys basketball team showed this past week. After having a setback with multiple team members having to quarantine due to COVID-19, were able to rally and earn themselves a spot in the playoffs. This past Monday February 23, the Panthers went against Paris in the first round of the playoffs.
“This was probably one of my favorite seasons in my high school career, I just wish it didn’t have to end with me getting injured,” senior Cameron Rhodes said.
Losing is always hard in sports, but is especially hard when it’s in the playoffs and it’s your senior season. However it all ultimately comes down to your entire experience with the team, not just one game. For four years these seniors have fought many battles together and have became life-long friends because of it. The score of the game does not tell the full story. The Panthers came into the battle with Paris with high hopes, and used this to fuel a fight against them till the end.
“We fought hard and competed, but lost to a very tough, athletic team,” junior James Henry Thomas said.
The Spring Hill Panthers 2021 basketball team will not be defined by this loss, but they will be defined by how much courage and toughness they showed throughout the 2020-2021 season. As if in sync with the rest of the world, the Panthers, had to overcome COVID-19 problems. As many members of the varsity team had to be quarantined due to coming in contact with the virus. This unfortunately resulted in the Panthers having to forfeit a game against Lindale on February 9. In midst of a playoff race, forfeiting games is one of the major things a team does not want to do. However as mentioned previously the team was able to come back next week, and even in a losing effort, they were able to secure a playoff spot. Doing this the team was able to show the toughness that they have been taught day in and day out from their coach, Dee Lewis.
“Getting coach Dee as our coach, made our season even better,” Rhodes said. “He taught us how to give all of our effort at all times and to never give up.”
From top to bottom this team is just one big family. Each member of this team has a bond with one and another. From the coach all the way to the final member on the team. They were able to make Spring Hill proud all season long, not only as athletes, but as students too. The team will miss their seniors, and all the memories they have provided for the last four years. However this opens up the door new opportunities and memories to be made with the younger team members.
“It has been a great ride, these past four years. I can’t think of anyone else I’d rather have balled out with. I can’t wait to see what the younger guys got to show, it’s going to be great,” Rhodes said.