Following the game against Whitman the team had a week to prepare for their playoff game at Quince Orchard.
The Patriots came into the playoffs as the fifth seed in the second quadrant while Quince Orchard was fourth seed in the second quadrant. Gillick had an incredible game, with 28 points offensively. Despite both Bridge and Bennaim having good games, the team overall struggled with the height of Quince Orchard.
Both teams played hard, physical basketball. In the end Quince Orchard outplayed the team and came out on top 52-42. “Having our season end this way was definitely not what we wanted. We played well and we fought hard but we just didn’t get the result we wanted,” junior Mary Quackenbush said.
Prior to the playoff game against Quince Orchard the team took on Whitman at home on Feb. 16. After the first quarter the score was tied. During the second quarter the Patriots outscored the Vikings 13-8 to put them up 24-19 heading in to halftime. Coming out of the halftime break, the Patriots were outscored 14-10 in the third quarter. During the final quarter the Patriots were outscored 8-4, losing the game with a final score of 41-38.
Offensively senior guard Katie Gillick led all scorers with 10 points, while fellow seniors Aliya Rahman and Taylor Meade had 10 points and six points respectively. When it came to rebounding, junior Crystal Bridge and sophomore Sivan Bennaim each had nine rebounds in the game, “It sucked that we couldn’t win but we played well, and clearly we match up well against Whitman so we feel good about that,” Gillick said.
Heading in to next year the team looks to improve on the talent they have as well as reload on the talent that is graduating. The team is losing key players such as senior Zoey Goldberg as well as Gillick, but the team is retaining two of their most vital players when it comes to rebounding in both Bridge who will be a senior as well as Bennaim who will be a junior. “Next year’s team will definitely be a good one. They’ll have a lot of talent from both the current varsity players as well as the players who are on JV now,” Goldberg said.
The team finished the season 9-12.
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