Madison Griggs, 10, dribbles the ball during the game against Summit last season. The Broncos won 60-45.
Madison Griggs, 10, dribbles the ball during the game against Summit last season. The Broncos won 60-45.
Photo by Madison Gonzales

Girls Basketball Returns After State-Qualifying Season Last Year

The clock hits zero and the girl’s basketball team’s outstanding season comes to an end. Reaching the fifth round for the first time in years, the Broncos surprised everyone on their run to state. Now they prepare to make an even better run this upcoming season.

“Starting this year, the chemistry with returning players has improved,” junior guard Savannah Catalon said. “We are very close and that pays off on the court.”

With three returning starters, the Broncos kept a good portion of their team intact. However, there are always ways to build new talent and make improvements.

“Tryouts are coming up and I’m looking forward to them,” Catalon says. “I look forward to leading all the people who will be there.”

Underclassmen play a significant part of the team. Most schools don’t allow freshmen on varsity, but talent is undeniable. A freshman has started on varsity for the past three years, so incorporating young players will show crucial on the path to another great season.

“The new players are adjusting to our style of play as days go by,” Catalon said. “We are building a bond with them as well which is important for the success of the team.”

Catalon leads the girl’s team since her freshman year. Although she scored over 1,000 points, Catalon stands out on the defensive side of the ball.

During the basketball period, we center our focus on defense and conditioning,” Catalon said. “This is how we prepare for the season especially because we are a fast-paced team.”

Catalon believes the most important part in the team’s success will be their off-court chemistry. They have been very close the past few years which led to success.

“This upcoming season should be fun and enjoyable,” Catalon said. “I feel that this group of girls can work well together and accomplish many things on and off the court.”

Madison Griggs returns as a sophomore who started on varsity last year. Griggs feels that the success of the season will base on the preparation before games start.

“Me and my teammates have trained, ran, and practiced more than anything,” Griggs said. “We worked hardest in the summer because everyone is getting better and [the team] has to as well.”

Griggs has good things to say about the nature of the upcoming season. She knows that the work the team has put in will pay off.

“The upcoming season is going to be an adventure,” Griggs said. “I’m excited for what is to come for us because I know we will play our hearts out.”

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