Basketball ends with improvements


Logan Logan and Lizzie Bumbarger

The basketball season has come to an end, resulting in a good fight from the boys’ and girls’ teams.  The boys’ teams finished with an overall of 9-13 and the girls finished with a 10-12 record. This past season the boys’ basketball teams of BSHS finished better than before, still ending up last in the league again this year, while the girls’ teams had much more luck and takes pride in their 3rd league position for varsity. Even through all this, both teams ended with a win against Biglerville, closing both seasons on a positive note.

The Big Spring boys’ basketball team ended their season with a 9-13 record, but still did lots better than last year’s record of 5-17.  Conner Griffie is a sophomore JV starter, who spends his time on the court as a power forward. Griffie said, “The season went well, but it could have went better.” Junior Josh Header, a varsity player and center on the court, agreed with Griffie on how much the team improved from last year, which is evident compared to last year’s scores.  Griffie’s choice for the best team achievement is beating Boiling Springs in overtime, and Header’s is winning the Holiday Classic tournament, stating that they “haven’t won for a long time.” Because both Griffie and Header will both be on the team next year, they look forward to a better record, with a growing amount of elementary and middle schoolers looking up to them as role models and joining the program.

The girls’ basketball team fell a little short of last year’s 13-10 record, finished this year’s hoops with a 10-12 record, placing them third in the league. Starting JV player and freshman, Shelby Miller, said, “I think it was a good season, we were all there for each other and we played well together.”  Livy Fry, a varsity starter and senior said, “[The season] went okay; it could have been better.”  Miller and Fry agreed on that one of the biggest accomplishments the JV and varsity teams had was beating Boiling Springs. On working together, Miller said, “The whole team, we’re just all friends,” and Fry said, “We played as a team better.”   Miller believes the goals for next year are to stay as a team, work hard, and win.

According to this year’s basketball bulldog, Jaime Yaukey, the students sections at the games lacked a bit of enthusiasm.  Yaukey wanted to become the bulldog back in seventh grade because she thought it looked like  a fun job. Then teacher Lisa Black approached her and asked her to do it. Yaukey, a freshman, always wants to keep the bulldog spirit high.  Her goal was to get more people to come to basketball games because Yaukey said there is a, “lack of pep in the student section.”  Yaukey enjoyed being the bulldog, although she had to deal with overly energetic or severely under energetic students.  

In all, this past season’s basketball season was full of layups and three pointers, along with some personal achievements by the Big Spring basketball players.  Miller preformed her first reverse layup. “It was just is the middle of a game and I just threw it [the ball] up,” Miller said.  Fry said, “I stuffed Jenay Faulkner,” a varsity player from Greencastle with a fancy for 3-pointers.  Fry “stuffed” her, which is a basketball term for a shot-block. For the boys, Griffie’s biggest accomplishment for the season was when he lead the team in everything but turnovers in a game against Waynesboro. Header’s biggest achievement was scoring 9 points and leading the team in rebounds one particular game. As basketball comes to a close, both teams are already looking to build and learn, to make next season even better.