- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Doug Ford
This year’s season-ending awards banquet for the Comets girls basketball program took on a celebratory tone, as coaches and players reflected on one of the best seasons in school history. The Lady Comets finished with a 7-1 record for the regular season in the Western Valley District and finished the year with an 18-5 mark.
The evening marked academic and athletic achievements for both the varsity and jayvee basketball teams, with seven varsity players named to the Western Valley District All-Academic Team and 11 jayvee players receiving the same honor.
Whitney McCargo, Destiny Betts and Melyse Brown, were First Team, All-Western Valley District selections, while Nia Brown was a Second Team pick and Tiffany Wilson an Honorable Mention selection.
Each member of the varsity girls’ team received an individual award, indicative of the team concept emphasized by head varsity coach Matthew McCargo.
Although this year’s team achieved many milestones, work continues for next season with a new set of goals in place, McCargo noted.
“For the ladies who gradated last year, this season was for them, and for the ladies who graduate this season, next year’s team will play for them.
“We’re not going to let them down, we will have a winning season and we’ll compete with everybody in the Western Valley District.”
McCargo and varsity assistants Jennifer Rutledge and Billy Lucas each received awards of appreciation, as did Theresa Coleman and Dorothy McCargo for their continuing efforts in supporting the girls basketball program.
McCargo said losing his seniors from this year’s team was just like graduation, a happy time but a little sad.
“It’s kind of sad because this is just like graduation because these seniors have been with me for a long time,” he said.
“This is not the end, they’re off to college and we want to go and see them play.”
Nia Brown, one of three senior captains this year, said the 18-5 record was a huge accomplishment, but admonished her younger teammates to keep working hard and keep their eyes focused forward.
In noting the efforts of jayvee head coach Lucas and the continued development of the high school program both in-season and out-of-season, McCargo emphasized again that it was a total team effort that brought about the successful season.
That must continue if the Comets are to maintain a high level of success in the future, he added.
“The jayvees didn’t have a winning record but for the first time we had more than six girls try out for the jayvee team who had talent, and once we get the numbers, we can develop them,” said McCargo.
“One thing I can really appreciate about coach Lucas, he’s always asking what he can do, and he’s willing to work.
“To build a winning program, you have to put in the time.”
That goes for coaches and players alike, McCargo added.