On Thursday, December 13th, Higland Park High School’s girls basketball team had their first game against Tartan High School. Tartan High School is a public school located in Oakdale, MN. Tatarn this year had a record of 0-4, going into the game, while Higland had a 5-1 record.
On the Highland Park C-team, there are many girls who have never played basketball, and as the season continues there has been a huge improvement in their skill level.
At 4:00 p.m. there was the C-team game. Highland ended with a loss, but the score didn’t stop their motivation.
At 5:30 p.m., our JV game played. As the game started, there was a malfunction with our score board. The score board wouldn’t mark points, so the time scorer had to keep track of our score until we could get it to work. The timer continued to work as normal but not having points made it difficult to determine what the team needed to do to win the game.
After halftime, the score board began to work. The score was 9-32; Highland felt defeated.
Fresham Littia, and sophomore Readeat, came back with 3 point shots but it wasn’t enough to take a win. Sadly, our JV team ended with a loss.
JV coach Mr. Chapman, a behavioral specialist as well as the girls basketball coach, said, “Girls, this was not a loss we played good, we matched their intensity and put up a fight, I am happy with this score.” This gave the the girls motivation.
Nataile, a junior player on the team, made sure we were aware as well, “Guys, we did so good, our defense was great we just need better offense good work.”
The team chanted “Highland on 3,” and we cheered. We realized as a team that our victory will come, it just takes time and patience.