By Marne Cook
Islands’ Weekly intern
Sweat drips down the faces of the girls as they hustle down the court, giving it their all. Passes fly between players trying to find an opening for the shot. There isn’t much time left, they have to make the shot or lose the ball. Seeing her only chance, one girl sets up to score, squaring her shoulders to the net. Pushing the ball into the air, she lets it fly. Swish, the ball goes in, another two points for the Lady Lobos.
Hard work, dedication, and skill led the Lopez Island Girls Basketball Team to the regional game Saturday, Feb. 25, a game that would determine whether or not they were headed to State.
Before they played on Saturday, Coach Larry Berg said, “I am confident in my girls, I know that we can win. We played this team before and we know a little about them.”
You could see the team’s faith in their abilities as they confidently walked onto the court and, as many fans would later say, rocked the house. Playing Taholah, a Native American school located in Taholah city, the Lobos took the victory with a final score of 59-42.
The first quarter ended with Lopez Island in the lead. Unfortunately, the second quarter wasn’t so successful, but when half time rolled around, the Lobos were only a few points away from losing their game. This didn’t last long, however, as the Lobos came back strong in the last two quarters.
By the sound of the buzzer, the Lobos cried for joy as they realized what they had accomplished. They will head to State ranked as the 8th team in Washington’s 1B basketball league.
“Coach Berg tells us that attitude is key: if you think that you can, you’re probably right, if you think that you can’t, you’re right,” said Lobo Eryn Dye. “I have learned how true that is.”