Lady Lynx Have Great Season But Lose At State

The Dimond Girls basketball team ended up having a great overall season. With 24 wins and three losses they were at the top of their game all year long. Even though the team was shooting to take first in state, sadly in the semi-finals they were defeated by Wasilla, who eventually won the state tournament. According to Class 4A Girls player of the year senior Keiahnna Engel, “We started out really strong, had good chemistry and got along really well.” When asked if she considered her team as family, Senior Kimmy Jackson said, “Yes absolutely, we definitely had our sibling rivalries.” Sophomore Sierra Afoa agreed with Jackson and added, “Our rivalries were usually because of boys, but they were always good natured.” The team did great all season long, but when state finally arrived, the team “fell apart” according to all the players interviewed. “We didn’t do that bad all season long, but we definitely could’ve done a lot better at state. Some people just didn’t step up,” said Engel. “We didn’t really play as a team,” said Afoa. Jackson confirmed this and went on to say “We weren’t making any of our shots, and the referees were being really harsh.” Chelsea Huffman, another senior on varsity acknowledged that the team didn’t play its best game against Wasilla. “We played horribly,” Huffman admitted. When Jackson was asked how she thinks the team will do in coming years with the loss of so many seniors, she said, “I think they will be pretty decent. They will still have really good players, and we have amazing coaches who really know their stuff.”