Girls’ basketball honors seniors and pursues postseason

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Magdalene Halikias

Girls’ basketball faces off against Glenbard West for Senior Night on Jan. 30.

On Jan. 31, the Girls’ Varsity basketball team celebrated their senior players at a home game against Glenbard West.

The girls defeated GBW 40-35, making the night even more special for the players. Dan Jones, athletic director, recognized seniors Paige Bareck, guard, Riley Burr, forward, Gracie Hartzman, guard, Abbi Shaker, forward and center and Elle Schaefer, guard, individually before the game and with a poster in the gym.

“We have been playing at our full potential the last couple of games,” Shaker said. “I’m sad to see it go, but I wouldn’t want to play with any other group of girls.”

Senior night is a special tradition observed by all Central sports teams as a way to acknowledge the work and passion the graduating athletes have dedicated to their sport.

“There’s so much I’m going to miss about our seniors,” said Alex Hughes, junior forward. “Paige and Riley are great leaders, Abbi is one of the most supportive teammates I’ve ever had, Gracie’s intensity and humor brings so much to the team, and Elle’s work ethic is incredible.”

Their varsity team this season is comprised entirely of juniors and seniors, making them experienced and close from years of playing together.

“I think what makes our team so special is that we are friends on and off the court,” said Chinaza Nwankpa, junior forward and center. “There’s never a dull moment with this group of girls.”

The current record is 19-8, and the girls are excited to pursue the postseason.

“We won four conference games in [one week] which was a great feeling, and beat LT for the first time in four years. We’ve placed second in conference, and are [now] preparing for the state tournament,” Hughes said.

The girls’ next game is on Feb. 7 at Downers Grove South at 6:30 p.m.