The Green Hornets third/fourth-grade girls club basketball team Mean Green Machines coached by Michelle Quill, Brian Quill and Brian Fellner posted an undefeated record in its first year of play together.
The team was powered by fourth-grade talents Laurel Coard and Kaylie Montagne and third-graders Ryleigh Quill, Natalie Lawhorne, Abby Lawhorne, Olivia Blackstone, Claire Sweeney and Zoey Fellner.
Following a 9-0 regular season, the team battled through the single-elimination playoffs to end up 12-0 overall and champions of the third/fourth-grade club playoffs.
“We very proud of the girls’ overall team effort and commitment,” said coach Brian Quill. “They had to overcome losing two players to season-ending injuries early in the year. Every girl on the team worked hard to improve their foundational skills and learn to play effectively with each other. For some of the girls, it was their first year playing Green Hornets basketball, and they made tremendous progress throughout the three-month season. One player was quoted as saying, ‘One of the secrets to [our] success was being able to run screen plays to get open shots.’”
The coaches collectively thanked “the league organizers and referees for volunteering their time, the parents for modeling excellent sportsmanship and dedication to getting the girls to games and practice, and the girls for their commitment and perseverance.”