Girls basketball falters in district tournament


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The girls basketball team receives offensive play design in game against Mt. Vernon on senior night. The Atoms won by a score of 33-27.

The Girls Basketball team’s hope for a district title came to a close on Wednesday, Feb. 15, as the girls fell to the Edison Eagles by a final score of 59-15 in the first round of the district tournament.
The Lady Atoms struggled to stay competitive from the tip, falling into an early deficit, they were unable to make up ground down the stretch.
Despite the loss, the team made significant progress throughout the season, keeping games closer towards the end of the season and beating the Lewis Lancers on senior night.
“I think the team has definitely improved from previous years, we have grown closer to one another and with a new coaching staff I feel like things are headed in the right direction,” senior Nyah Stallings said.
Stallings missed the regular season this year after suffering a torn ACL in preseason workouts.
The team finished with a 1-19 record in the regular season and a 1-20 record if the district quarterfinal game is included.
COVID-19 restrictions and snow days hurt the Atoms this season. The team was forced to postpone games and play several games on back to back days late in the season.
“The schedule definitely hurt our ability to recover, playing so many games in such a short time span,” junior Nicole Perez said. “I feel like we did a good job of staying relatively healthy and we performed at a high level considering the circumstances.”
The Atoms will lose four seniors this season, and will likely turn to underclassmen Naomi Thayer and Susan Aburish to take leaps in their upcoming junior season’s.
The Lady Atoms traveled to face an undetermined opponent yesterday in the first round of the regional tournament.
Results from the game and tournament were unavailable at the time of publishing.
With a win, the team would advance to the regional semifinals where they would have an opportunity to go to the regional championship.
“I believe that if we act on one accord and trust each other on the floor, we can play at a high level consistently,” Stallings said.