Who runs the world? Girls! (More specifically, the Shorian JV girls!). Lake Shore High School’s girls JV basketball team has faced an unexpected change in leadership, due to coaching misconduct. Since naming Mike Howard as the new coach, the Lady Shorians JV Team has been doing well this season, with a record of 5-1. Their game against Lakeview has had a lot of hype and anticipation behind it. The Shorian teams are doing great despite the recent scandal surrounding the former JV coach.
There is always a special feeling in the air whenever we clash with Lakeview. Players seem to have more energy, the crowds get larger, and the game becomes more intense. Natalie Stepanenko, senior (Varsity Team), explains, “Since they are our rival, more people show up to cheer on their team.”
On December 9th, the freshmen team fell short to Lakeview 32-24. Both JV teams played a great game, but the Shorians won it in a nail biter. The final quarter was fast paced and the game was very close coming down to the final seconds. Lakeview played a rough game with a great offense, not letting the Shorians off with an easy win, they had to fight for it.
The Varsity game drew a very large audience from both schools. The bleachers were packed with Shorians and Huskies alike, as well as their families and friends. Even in the minutes leading up to the game, the hype was visible as both teams had intense pre-game drills. The cheers were loud and plentiful as the starting lineups were announced. Despite an action-packed game that was fast-paced, the Lady Shorians were unable to defeat the Huskies. Lakeview played a game with unsurpassed defense and their offense was on point, sinking three-pointer after three-pointer. Lakeview was able to get a 30+ point lead over Lake Shore by the end of the game. Even though it became obvious in the 4th quarter that a loss was imminent, the Shipyard cheered their girls on, just as loyal fans do. The final score of the night was 64-28. Despite the hard loss, the Varsity team is banded together and looks to make this season count, with plenty of victories.