Tonight saw the end of the season for the Siegel Lady Stars, as they fell 44 – 57 to the Smyrna Lady Bulldogs in the District 7-AAA tournament. There will be stories written by the sportswriters, but this story is not. Having watched many of these young ladies play several seasons, it has been easy to develop great admiration for the effort they have been willing to put into the game. When it would have been easy for most to give up, they never seemed to be willing to do that. Neither did their coach. It’s what you want to see in a ball game — courage, drive, and sticktoitiveness. There was always that chance that they would come back to win. And many times they did.
This is Erica Roberts. She is a senior. She had the game of her life, 19 points, 11 free throws.
This is Maddie Francescon. She is a senior. She scored 2 points. Her value to the game came in her ability to go after the ball, which she did all night.
This is Allison Bush. She is a senior. She scored 8 points, 6 of those from 3-pointers.
This is Rachel Tracy. She is a sophomore. She scored 7 points, one 3-pointer.
This is Abrealla Wilson. She is a junior. She scored 2 points. She sat out with fouls early in the game, but when she is in, she is a force with which to reckon.
This is Morgan Clemmer. She is a junior. She scored 3 points with a 3-pointer, her specialty.
This is Rebekah Juergens. She is a junior. She scored 3 points with a three-point shot. She doesn’t mind putting up a fight to get the ball.
At the end of the first half, Siegel led 28 – 25, scoring 17 points in the second quarter. Smyrna came back after half-time and matched that 17 points, putting Smyrna in the lead, where they would remain.
There is more to be written, more photos to be shared, but for tonight it seemed necessary to salute the young women who have made watching girls’ basketball a lot of fun for this fan. Great job, Siegel Ladies!