Girls basketball seniors end season with decisive victory

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Sam Mitchell

Holding on tightly to the ball, Audrey Holt (13) and Megan Foster (32) and two Jeff City players make to grab the ball Jan. 19. With the help of Sophie Cunningham (3) and Laurie Frew (12), Holt was able to keep possession of the ball and pass it to an open teammate.
Holding on tightly to the ball, Audrey Holt (13) and Megan Foster (32) and two Jeff City players make to grab the ball Jan. 19. With the help of Sophie Cunningham (3) and Laurie Frew (12), Holt was able to keep possession of the ball and pass it to an open teammate. Photo by Paige Kiehl
Yesterday, Feb. 23, the RBHS girls basketball team played against Nernix Hall at home in the team’s ‘Senior Night’ game which celebrated the seniors’ last home game of the season.  The seniors went out on a high note at home, beating Nernix Hall 71-38, by a remarkable 33 points.  The winning effort was led by Sophomore Guard Sophie Cunningham with 17 points and Senior Guard Makenzie Skrabal with 13 points.
It was a bitter sweet victory for the team.  On one end it was great for the seniors to finish with such a strong win in front of the home crowd one last time, fortifying their confidence heading into district play, but it was also melancholy in a way as the seniors new it was their last home game after three years of playing in the RBHS gym.
“Everyone was really pumped up for this last game with it being senior night and all,” senior Makenzie Skrabal siad. “So it was nice to win the last home game.”
With the milestone of the last regular season and last home game behind them, the team’s focus is now fully on the postseason, which begins Tuesday, Feb. 26 at Hickman High School.  The RBHS girls basketball team couldn’t have ended the season on a higher note with three straight decisive victories.  The team hopes to carry this momentum with them into Tuesday’s game and on, throughout the rest of the postseason. With their home playing career now over, the seniors look to finish off their final campaign with postseason success.
“We’ve been through a lot to be able to make it through an injury and come back stronger than ever,” Skrabal siad. “Being able to start my senior year with such a great team and such amazing teammates … [we’ve] only lost to one in-state team.”
By Sam Mitchell