It was an eventful week for the Hyde Phoenix Girls Basketball team as the team brought its 2013-14 season to a close. A microcosm of the season as a whole, the weak featured a span of some difficult moments as well as some wonderful highlights – all of equal value.
On Monday the ladies traveled along with the boys team up to Bingham, and after a relaxing afternoon matinee, the two teams arrived to take on the Valley Cavaliers. With classic “brothers’ keeper” support from the boys team, the girls took the floor to avenge an earlier season defeat to Valley by a score of 40-22. From the onset, it was clear that a different Phoenix team showed up compared to the one that Valley ran all over several weeks before. On this night, the Phoenix were prepared to silence the raucous Valley crowd as they went blow for blow and basket for basket with the Cavaliers. In the end, Hyde suffered a stinging 24-22 loss due in large part to foul trouble and poor free throw shooting, but there was certainly no lack of effort or determination. As the team gathered in the locker room after the game and the sting started to subside, the team was left with the well-earned pride of how much progress they had made simply measured by the outcome of this game compared to the result of the same game earlier in the season. Progress!
On Friday night, the Hyde Phoenix lost convincingly 66-26 to the top flight Waynflete Flyers of Class D in what was the final game of the season for Hyde. As much as the Lady Phoenix had their opponents on their minds on this night, they had something even more important consuming their focus. The number one objective of this night was to honor Senior Co-Captains Emma Leonard and Carolyn Moore as they prepared to take the court for the final time in a Hyde basketball uniform. Leonard and Moore have done a wonderful job all season of guiding this team to be all that it could be. Through some tough times both in practice and in games, the patience and belief that these senior captains displayed in the team was constant and wonderfully inspiring. The Hyde coaches, the teammates, and the school community as a whole owe these two special athletes a resounding “SHOUT OUT” because they certainly deserve it! Thank you, Emma and Carolyn for all that you have done to leave a valuable and lasting legacy for Hyde Girls Basketball.
In closing, it has been a long season through a tough Maine winter, and even though the team finished with a losing record and without an invitation to Augusta, the team gained a great deal from the experience overall. As the team says, “Good-bye” to its seniors, it now looks to the future of what can be for Hyde Girls Basketball. As they remember the lessons of this year and as they honor the legacy of those who came before them, the potential for basketball success in the future for these young ladies is unlimited.