Lady Cats say goodbye to four seniors going into districts

Senior Cierra Sawyers dribbles the ball during a game against Hallsville. Sawyers plans to attend State Fair Community College and study graphic design.

   The end of the regular season has come, and with that comes reflections on the season and saying farewell to the team’s seniors.

  This year, the team will be losing seniors Mackenzie Bauer, Erica Flores, Cierra Sawyers and Sam Thompson.

  All of the seniors this year have played basketball for WHS for all four years of their high school career except for Thompson, who has played for three.

  The seniors looked back on what they’ve learned the most from being on the team. Thompson and Sawyers agreed that being on the team has taught them much about working hard.

  “My biggest takeaway from the team is to never give up and if you want something bad enough, you can make it happen,” Thompson said.

  “What I’ll take away most from being on the team is how to work together efficiently as a team,” Sawyers said.

  Flores has learned leadership skills through her years on the team.

  “Being on the team has taught me how to be a leader, and never to give up on myself,” Flores said.

  They also looked back on what they’ll miss most from the team.

  “I’ll miss our team naps, jam sessions and, of course, Jordan Plybon’s funny jokes,” Flores said.

  Both coaches, head coach Cody Morgan and assistant coach Alison Durst, also admitted they would miss their relationships that they have built with the girls.

  “The coach-player and teacher-student relationship I have with the girls is extremely rare, and I’ll miss it,” Durst said.

  “I can’t pick one individual thing I’ll miss most. I’ll just miss each individual senior and then miss them collectively as a group,” Morgan said.

  These four seniors have led the team to a record of 5-20 during regular season for varsity with wins against Versailles, Conway, Skyline and Halfway. They lost against Cole Camp, Buffalo, Skyline, Sacred Heart, Conway, Pilot Grove, Clinton, Blair Oaks, Hallsville, Lincoln, Osage, El Dorado Springs, Eldon, California, Southern Boone and Butler.

  JV ended the season with a 6-9 record with wins against Versailles, Sacred Heart, Conway, Lincoln, El Dorado Springs and Eldon. They took losses against Cole Camp, Buffalo, Skyline, Clinton, Blair Oaks, Hallsville, Osage, California and Southern Boone.

  “I wish these girls the best in everything they do and ask that they never give up,” Durst said.

  The Lady Cats played their first district game against Cole Camp at Versailles on Monday, February 20.