Girls Basketball Finishes off Season Strong with 15 Game Win Streak

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Courtesy of PHS Falcons' Nest

The varsity girls' basketball team huddle.

Jason Sladic, Staff Writer

The girls basketball team headed into the playoffs on top after a successful season. The team finished the season with a 15 game winning streak bringing their final regular-season record to 18-2. The team started the year off slightly slow. In their first 7 games, they were 4-3 including preseason. However, ever since a 45-13 win against Damascus on Jan. 7, they didn’t look back. The team went on to win every game for the remainder of the season. This amounted to a 15-game winning streak throughout the months of January and February. 

“We were able to get a winning streak going because of balanced scoring. All five starters were capable of scoring in double figures any night,” said head coach Fred Swick.

Over this stretch of wins, they took on some tough opponents. They recently won against the 16-3 Paint Branch team and the 15-4 Clarksburg team. On Friday, Feb. 21st, the girls won against Gaithersburg on their senior night to bring the win streak up to 15 straight. The team has made major strides to improve over the course of the last two months.

“We’ve gotten a lot better at defense and playing as a team. We’ve gotten good at having a lot of fast breaks where the other team can’t keep up so that’s helped a lot,” said senior captain Logan Rohde.

In the playoffs, the team was in the 2A Maryland bracket with the #2 seed. Because of their winning streak to finish off the season, they had an advantageous placement in the tournament. They faced #7 seed Walkersville on Feb. 28. The girls were able to advance in the bracket with a 59-36 win. However, in the second round, the girls had to face a challenging opponent in Oakdale. This team went 22-4 over the course of the season and was ranked 23rd in Maryland by MaxPreps, a reliable high school sports website. On March 2, the teams played in the second round of the playoffs. It was a closer game but the Falcons fell to Oakdale in a 42-36 game. 

In 2018, the team was the number one seed and won the state championship. They had a dominant run of games against other highly successful teams. In 2019, the team had a good year but they fell short in the third round to Middletown. This season had a memorable regular-season run but unfortunately fell short similarly to last year. In 2021, the team will be looking to repeat a regular season like this one and make it further in the playoffs.

“We will graduate five seniors, three of them starters so we will need our younger players to step up and fill those spots,” stated Swick.