By Barb VanSickle-Roush
The Scioto County Candor
They say that all good things must come to an end. Unfortunately, that is sometimes true.
For the New Boston Lady Tigers, the end of a great season came Thursday March 1 at the hands of the Waterford Lady Wildcats 55-22, leaving them Division IV District Runner-up.
“I thought my girls gave 100%, you know they are always going to,” said New Boston Coach Kayla Wiley. “I don’t have to worry about after they graduate are they going to go out and not be positive role models in this world, because I know they are going to be.” Wiley continued about her Seniors.
The Lady Tigers did a good job Thursday night at controlling the explosiveness of the Wildcats, but New Boston’s shooting was simply not on point.
“Yeah, Waterford was good tonight,” said Wiley. “But we shot very poorly, probably the worst we have all season. Our defense relies on our offence unfortunately and that was the game tonight.”
“We’ve never shot that poorly, we’ve never had that low of points in a half, let along four quarters,’ continued Wiley.
However, statistically speaking, while Waterford may have held the Lady Tigers to their lowest score all season, New Boston held them to the lowest points Waterford had all season as well.
“We did, and I thought we did a good job, it was just the missed second chance opportunities and the fouls,” Wiley said. “But (holding Waterford) that’s something to be proud of. I thought they really locked in and that zone really worked at holding them at first it was just the rebounding that had affected us, and that’s been the case for some of the games this year.”
When the pressure builds up for a team, sometimes it’s hard to play in that moment. Sometimes it’s hard to not let your emotions get the best of you.
“We struggled tonight shooting wise and some of it was Waterford’s defense and some of it was just missing easy bunnies and just some silly things that we don’t naturally do,” Wiley stated about her team. “But nerves and every emotion, everything that they have done up to this point has lead up to tonight. Every career, every 1000th point, every win, they got this far, and it hasn’t been done (at Glenwood) for a long time. So, everything was just coming in full circle and I thought that even though we weren’t knocking down shots that we handled it well most of the time.”
But even though there were some shooting problems and times when the rebounds were missed, the Lady Tigers can still hold their head high.
“Kaylee Stone did a great job being active, actually you know all my girls; Taylen Hickman we were switching them on and off the bench,” Wiley said of her team. “Mariah Buckley stopping their transition game. I thought they did well at that, Waterford was hitting their shots, and they were rebounding the ball, that’s something they do well at.”
But no matter the outcome of the contest, New Boston clearly had a season to be proud of. And while it may be the end of a season, and that end can be bitter sweet, the girls can be very pleased with how far they have come and with how well they represented the Village of New Boston.