JV girls take on Crown Point

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Anna Weir (10) dribbles the ball while being defended by her opponent. Weir is a sophomore on the JV team this season.

Paige Szymczak

JV girls basketball took on Crown Point at home on Friday, Dec. 18. Lake Central won 45-17. This past week was also the last week before winter break, which meant the girls had to balance basketball with finals.

“Finals and basketball did clash, but you can’t make one thing more important than the other. You have to put hard work into practice and into studying,” Courtney Carlson (10) said.

Having support from the fans as well as having a connection from within the team is important. Communication is key.

“We definitely have a bond as a team. We do everything together and we are with one another six days a week.  Both JV and varsity are very close. We are like one big family. Having this great bond is an amazing pro because it helps us trust each other on the court. It makes our defense and offense better. I think that is one of the many advantages we have over a lot of teams. We love each other like sisters,” Anna Weir (10) said.

As an athlete it is also important to set personal goals and have a focused mindset going into each game. Preparing for games both as a team and as an individual is important for the overall outcome.

“[Before the game I] listened to music to get my mind clear and relaxed. I kept thinking about the game and the more I did the more excited I got. [As a team] I think we still need to improve on communicating. That’s the thing our coach stresses the most. We also need to work on energy. Some games we come out flat and it takes us one or two quarters to get into the game, instead of that we need to start with energy. [Personally] I need to work on my passing and ball handling.  I usually have bad timing on my passes and due to that I turn it over. My ball handling I just need to slow it down and take care of the ball,” Meghan Long (9) said.

The Indians beat Crown Point. Their next game is Tuesday Dec. 22, away at Marian.