Astounding run for the girl’s basketball team

The varsity girls basketball team with the trophy for the Panther Holiday Celebration Dec. 28, 2021. This season ended with another visit to the state tournament. “The girls do an excellent job and really focus on the information we gather and share,“ said Wisner.

Photo by Scott Wisner.

The varsity girls basketball team with the trophy for the Panther Holiday Celebration Dec. 28, 2021. This season ended with another visit to the state tournament. “The girls do an excellent job and really focus on the information we gather and share,“ said Wisner.

Cayden Burt, Staff Writer

    The girl’s basketball team earned state birth after a strong district run. They had a great season going 22-7, including going 12-2 in Division I.

    Head coach Scott Wisner and Assistant Sean Potts guided the team to an amazing season this year. This is Wisner’s 23 year coaching the varsity team and he still enjoys the thrill of leading the team to victories.

    “I coach because I have always loved basketball and am passionate about sharing my love of the game and inspiring our team to share that feeling. The best part of coaching is the opportunity to build team chemistry and teach students in a competitive, athletic setting about so many important attributes like goal setting, maximizing potential, overcoming obstacles and being great teammates,” said Wisner.

    The team had a substantial amount of tough opponents, so they had to do intense preparation to get ready for big games. Those difficult were Dallastown, Central Dauphin and Spring Ford.

    “Practices preparing for postseason games are a mix of maintenance of skills to maintain fresh legs and specific game-planning for the opponents we are getting ready to face,” said Wisner. 

    “Depending on how big the game was, we would watch film just to see how they play. We would also go over plays to make sure we remember them,” says young freshman talent Bre’ijha Painter.

    Their hardest part of this season was the start of the playoffs. They lost their momentum and had to overcome a few weak performances. They bounced back and won three out of four playoff games to qualify for states. They ended up winning their first game in the state playoffs.

    ”All in all, we qualified for the league playoffs for the seventh time in the past eight seasons, district playoffs for the eighth consecutive year, and state playoffs for the fifth time in the past six years! The first-round win in the state playoffs was only the fifth state playoff victory in Central Girls Basketball history and follows up the two wins we had in 2020 before COVID shut everything down,” Wisner said talking about the team’s history in achievements.

    “We got the sportsmanship award[this year] which is really good because we’ve never got it before,”  said Painter.

    The team is very optimistic about what next season holds for them. Two of their seniors on the team Karli Bacha and Kara Grothe’s high school basketball careers are coming to an end, but they still have great talent on the team with a youthful bench.