The young Lady Seahawks basketball team closed out their season at 5-15, after falling to Port St. Joe in the district tourney at Bozeman.
“This season saw a lot of newcomers to the game of basketball, and a roster full of underclassmen,” said coach John Cooper. “We did not have one junior or senior on the roster, but the girls who did play improved their game tremendously.
“The improvement does not wait until next season, but it starts during the off-season this summer,” he said. “Next season we plan to take a playoff spot, with the experience we are gaining.”
The team was captained by sophomores Honesti Williams and Hannah Sweet. Sweet scored 122 points for the year, for an average of 6.7 points per game, while Williams tallied 103, for a 6.8 points per game average.Freshman Jamela Ray led the team in rebounding.
Also on the roster were seventh grader Erica Snell, eighth grader Genesis Jones, freshmen Lyndsey Stiefel, Dayna Snell, and Haley Miller, and sophomore Janacia Bunyon.
After losing their opening games at home, 41-8 to North Bay Haven on Nov. 28, and 57-14 to Arnold on Dec. 4, the girls picked up a forfeit against John Paul II. They then fell 56-15 at home Dec. 9.
But then it was time for their first win, a 46-45 victory at home over Liberty County on Dec. 12. Williams led all scorers with 31 points, having success through the press.
The girls hit a rough patch, with consecutive losses: 61-6 at Bozeman Dec. 15; 59-13 to Bay at home Jan. 2; 48-21 at Rutherford Jan. 3; 68-16 at Port St. Joe Jan. 5; and then a tough 28-27 loss at home against Wewahitchka Jan. 9.
The girls fell at Wakulla 59-23 Jan. 12; 43-20 at home against Bozeman Jan. 16; and 51-17 at Arnold Jan. 17.
They picked up a 33-14 win at Liberty County Jan. 19, led by Williams’ 17 points, and Sweet’s 10.
The team fell 55-21 at home against Rutherford Jan. 25, and 49-13 at Wewa Jan. 26.
But they came back with a 34-16 win at John Paul II Jan. 31, led by Sweet’s 15 points and Erica Snell’s 11.
The Lady Hawks lost at North Bay Haven 59-12 on Feb. 2, but bounced back four days later to down Liberty County 58-35 at home.