Mon. Jul 4th, 2022
The seniors from boys and girls basketball, sports medicine, and cheerleading pose for a picture during Senior Night. Parents came and presented them with flowers as their name and school of choice was announced in front of the crowd in the gym.

As basketball season draws to a close, both the boys and girls teams set a night aside to celebrate their seniors. This year on senior night, both varsity teams played Heritage high school at Leesville.

The girls’ team played a tough game at 5:30, struggling to stay ahead of Heritage. During the third quarter, Alex Woods, a senior on the team, made a great buzzer shot at the end of the third quarter, pushing Pride ahead of the opposing team. Unfortunately, the lady Pride team was being fouled often and weren’t scoring points off of their free throws. In the end, Leesville lost, 32 – 37.

After the girls game, all of the seniors were recognized for the girls and boys basketball teams, sports medicine and cheerleading. With an audience of family members and student fans, each senior walked to the middle of the gym while their name and college they plan on attending was announced.

On varsity basketball for girls, there are five seniors. Ashley Boyer, who has played for varsity for one year, plans to major in medicine. Kendell Kelley, who has played four years on varsity, plans to major in elementary education. Alex Woods has played on varsity for two years and plans to major in human biology at NC State.

“I’m really excited about college next year. I plan on coming back next year for the current juniors’ senior night because I know how hard they’ve worked this season and it’ll be interesting to see what level they’re at,” says Woods.

Jasmyn Hitchcock, who has played with varsity for two years, plans to major in business and economics. Danielle Smith, who has played three years on varsity, plans to attend NC State and major in education.

After the senior night procession, along with a few tears and pictures, was the boy’s game.

During warm ups, a player on Leesville’s team dunked and grabbed the rim, which isn’t allowed. This caused our team to start off with a technical foul and give Heritage two free shots to start the game. Even after this rough start, the boys pulled through and beat Heritage.

On the boy’s varsity team there are two seniors. One senior, Luke Emmett, has been on varsity for one year. He is going to attend State and major in industrial engineering.

The leading scorer in this game was senior Michael Adams, who has played two years on varsity and plans to attend UNC Charlotte and major in communication and broadcasting. He picked up 15 points during this game, ending his last game on a good note.

“It felt great playing on the team my last year. The coaching staff just let me hoop like I wanted to. I’m going to miss playing with each end every one of my teammates, because I connected with them each in a different way. Good luck to them next year,” says Adams.

All the seniors will be greatly missed next year, and we wish them luck in their future. “The team won’t be the same without them,” says Nikki Miller, a junior. “But I’m looking forward to next year.”

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