By Rob Tetro
The Phoenix girls’ eighth-grade basketball team came into the season losing three players to the Lady Firebirds junior varsity and varsity teams.
But coach Jen Mainville was able to bring an advanced seventh-grade player to the team.
As the season began, the Lady Firebirds had several goals. One was to develop into a well-balanced, focused and confident team despite the lineup changes they experienced.
Mainville said her team rose to the challenge. They became a team that displayed great chemistry on and off the court en route to an undefeated season.
Phoenix wanted to be a team able to score in transition. They proved to be a smart team with athletic players who were able to rebound, made a quick pass and move up the court at asolid pace.
Mainville said the most memorable moment of the season came when her team got a rebound, made the quick pass and went on to execute textbook transition basketball.
As her players move on to the next level of the Phoenix girls’ basketball program, Mainville feels her team will bring three key characteristics to those teams.
Her players displayed and succeeded this season because of the love they have for the game and their determination to improve. Most importantly, Mainville said her players will continue to succeed at the next level because of the pride with which they play.