Women’s basketball vs. Southeast Raleigh more than just a game

Ben Daniels, Leesville women’s basketball coach, celebrates senior night with senior players (left to right) Samantha Juda, Allie Moss, Larissa Colon, and Shea Plocharczyk. The senior class has recorded an overall combined record of 74-49 over four years. (Photo used by permission of Ben Daniels)

The Leesville women’s basketball team was unable to come out with a win on February 2 against Southeast Raleigh, losing 59-36. But the game was much bigger than basketball.

For the four senior members of the team, it was a sentimental moment: it was their final home game as a member of Pride basketball.

Allie Moss, Shea Plocharczyk, Samantha Juda, and Larissa Colon (all seniors) were honored, along with senior members of men’s basketball, cheerleading, and sports medicine, between the men’s and women’s basketball games. Each player was escorted by their families and honored for their accomplishments as student-athletes.

The varsity team went 15-11, 21-7, 20-8, and 18-3 each year they were members of the basketball program for an overall combined record of 74-29.

Juda, who has been a member of the varsity team for two years, has loved being a part of the team for many years and will miss the group environment. “Getting to experience the excitement of winning, and even the tough losses, just getting to go through those emotions with other players is exciting,” said Juda.

Senior night was emotional, and Juda said that walking out on the Leesville court for the final time was both an exciting and sad moment.

“It was bittersweet,” said Juda. “I will miss it, but I will enjoy what I gained from the experience.”

But the 2017-18 Leesville women’s basketball senior class will be remembered for the many accomplishments they have achieved in competition for the past four years.


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