by Rob Tetro
When the Hannibal girls varsity basketball team exited Jim Boeheim Court at the Carrier Dome March 2 following its season-ending loss to South Jefferson, it did so while having everyone who had just watched them play paraphrasing the same opinion.
The Lady Warriors earned respect tonight.
Hannibal began the season with one goal — to take the next step as a program and qualify for sectional play. Despite having a rough patch against some quality teams in the middle of the season, Hannibal earned the right to play in the postseason.
With its win against Solvay, the team finished the regular season at 11-7 and 7-6 in league play.
According to Coach Justin Enright, this was the Lady Warriors’ first winning season in many years.
Enright could not have been more happier for his seven seniors. He is quick to credit the leadership of the seniors who played integral roles in the team’s success this season. However, the ambition of the team didn’t cease when it earned the right to play in the postseason.
The Lady Warriors were ready to focus in on embracing the opportunity before them. They were prepared to take on the likes of Clinton and Adirondack.
Following wins in those games, they had to take on a familiar foe in Skaneateles in the Section 3 Class B-2 Championship Game.
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