This is a story about the Huron girls’ basketball team. It’s also a story about the Skyline boys’ basketball team. It’s where one of those teams is and the other could be if they aren’t ready for what’s coming.
The playoffs are a totally different beast than the regular season. It’s pressure unlike anything a team has faced all season because there is no next game after a bad game. If you aren’t prepared or don’t play well or don’t give it your all then it’s all over. A loss isn’t a loss, it’s goodbye.
The Huron girls’ basketball team, with its 18-1 record, 17-game unbeaten streak and perfect record in the SEC Red, lost in the opening round of Districts on Monday night to a solid Dexter team. And before we go any further, let’s give the Dreadnaughts credit – they were ready for Huron. They played hard, had an excellent game plan, executed it and hit some big shots at big points of the game.
Tip your hat to Dexter.
This Huron loss was certainly a surprise but not a shocker even though one local coach used that very word. While the Huron boys’ basketball team certainly is aware of how their River Rats girls’ team fared, you can also be certain the Skyline boys’ team also knows what happened.
See if this sounds familiar. The Eagles are 19-0 with one regular-season game left (Chelsea) and won the SEC Red with an undefeated record. And like Huron, Skyline opens with a solid opponent in Pioneer.
In fact, one could argue that if the Pioneers beat the Eagles it would still be a surprise but no one would use the word shocker. It will certainly be an incredible test right out of the gate for Coach Mike Lovelace’s team and there is no way Skyline will be overlooking Pioneer. That’s clearly not going to happen.
The Huron girls’ basketball team should not be remembered for one game. They should be remembered for the entire season. Their hard work, dedication and incredible success should be rewarded and applauded. And there is no “but” coming. No qualifier. They lost a basketball game. It happens.
An 18-2 season and league title is a great season no matter the final score of your last game. And only one team doesn’t lose their last game – the Skyline boys’ team hopes to be that one team. But first they must get past Pioneer and more than likely Huron to do just that. Two city rivals standing in their way just to get out of Districts.
It won’t be easy. But nothing comes easy this time of year.