The Gators are champions of the Green Hornets seventh/eighth-grade girls basketball league after a 20-14 victory over the Lightning in the championship game at Folger McKinsey Elementary School on February 24.
The Gators finished the season 11-0.
The Gators, who are Amy Jacobs, Sydney Holmes, Kara Hartley, Abby Goodman, Amelia Smith, Katie Griffith, Ruby Ondatje, Sophia Kramer and Meghan West, were able to win the championship in a defensive battle over Daniel Stoudt and Drew Mutch’s Lightning squad of Montine Mutch, Elisabeth Stoudt, Cecilia Bonney, Mallory Trutenko, Cynthia Cohen, Aubrey Lautenschlager, Hannah Lautenschlager, Gwyneth Yi and Victoria Nkongolo.
“All season, the Gators played as a team on offense and defense and really enjoyed competing together,” said Gators coach Brandon Goodman, who coached the team with Brack Williams.
Defense and rebounding were led by Griffith, Ondatje and Smith. Off-ball guards Hartley, Jacobs, Kramer and West led the way with sharing the ball and helping to break the press. Point guards Goodman and Holmes led the team with their ball handling, passing and steals.
“Each girl came to practice and worked hard to get better, and it paid off with an undefeated season,” said Goodman. “[The coaches] enjoyed all of it and want to thank the parents for all of their time and support throughout the season.”