The Lady Warriors make an appearance at Mizzou and get close to a State Championship. This is the best finish in SPX history.
By: Katie Pileggi, Social Media Editor
On the weekend of March 10th through March 12th, our Lady Warriors made their shining basketball State appearance in Columbia, MO. The ladies ended up placing 3rd overall with a loss to Strafford (49-38) on Thursday, but ended the tournament with a win against Southern Boone (57-55) on Friday.
“It was an experience I will never forget with people I will never forget. We had so much fun as a team getting to bond and getting to represent our school,” said Junior Post Abby Hipp. “This whole experience makes me even more excited to try and make it back my senior year.”
The last time the girl’s team went to State was in the early 2000’s and the St. Pius students and faculty were ready to support the team. A half day of school was granted on Thursday and two buses were loaded up and taken to Columbia for the game.
The players said that (theSPX fan section) The Tribe definitely helped with this year’s team’s success. Sophomore Antoinette Mussorici credits The Tribe for pumping her up before and during the State games.
“[Her favorite moments] When The Tribe cheers hard and loud, or yells ‘MOOOOOSE’ when I do something good,” said Mussorici.
“The Tribe has helped our success tremendously. Having everyone so excited about the girl’s basketball team means the world to us. I honestly think that The Tribe was a game changer for our team and that without them we would not have won some of our closer games, like Chillicothe,” said Hipp.
Our girls came home with 3rd, which is the best St. Pius has ever placed. Our Lady Warriors made history. The team is already reflecting on the Championship games and what they would like to change.
“The only thing I would have changed about State would be getting the win in the semi-final game. It stunk seeing so many people show up to our game and then not being able to pull out the W in front of all the fans. But us coming out and getting the W the next day shows a lot about the character of our team,” said Hipp.
Of course, losing a State game is not the ideal situation, but our girls took that as a beginning starting point to the next season.
“I think we were so excited to be there, that we weren’t really focused on the game. I want to play Strafford again, because I think we are fully capable of beating them,” said Junior Forward Amanda Hayes.
The athletes also expressed appreciation for their coaching staff. The staff included: Head Coach Bob Fenzel, Principal Mr. Joseph Monachino Jr, Ms. Krista Daniels and Mr. Richard Murphy.
“The best was when Murph was calling out plays during games. He would stand up in his sweater vest and make an ‘X’ with his arms or hold up a ‘C’ and it just looked so funny,” said Hayes.
The girls look forward to another great season in 2017, with only four Seniors graduating and many starters returning including, recently signed to Missouri State, Abby Hipp, The Lady Warriors are looking to continue their success.