By Matthew Richards
The Lady Lions put their 2020-2021 basketball season on hold in January due to then-rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the city. The decision came shortly after the ladies suffered a one-point overtime loss to the Christ Episcopal Wildcats in their opening game.
Head Coach Daniel Shugars said of coaching through the pandemic, “It has been extremely tough. I have had players opt out due to Covid that had varsity playing experience, which I totally understand and support. My newcomers worked hard to get ready in a very short period of time only to have the season be put on hold because of COVID cases skyrocketing as we were getting some momentum.”
That momentum was evident, as the Lady Lions had come back from a six-point deficit at halftime to lead the game going into the fourth quarter and hold a lead as big as seven at one point. The team has two seniors this season in forwards Caroline Macneill and Grace Zatorski. “The COVID situation certainly put a dent in our basketball season,” Macneill said. “Personally, I opted out due to an increasingly high number of cases in the city. We have been unable to attend practices and games due to parents’ concerns surrounding the virus. Our season has come to a near-complete halt as a result.”
Caroline and Sophomore forward Jaela Mitchell were the team’s leading scorers this season. With a young team, there is hope for a bright future for the Lady Lions. We hope they stay safe through these uncertain times and wish them the best.