Varsity basketball teams strive hard for playoffs

Junior Jerome Scaturro looks to pass the ball over a Bowie player to senior Teddy Lowey. “We didn’t really play like a team this year, and when we do, we’ll play better,” Scaturro said. The second district game against Bowie was a close game that ended in defeat when Bowie got ahead in the last quarter.

The 2013-2014 basketball season was a roller coaster for both the boys and girls teams as they both started off strong and had their weak points and bad games.

“I believe we could have done a lot better, but I also think it was a good, strong season,” senior Gilbert Briones said.

The boys started off the season well winning against Crockett, Lehman and Bowie. They didn’t keep up the winning streak though, as of Thursday their record before playing Austin High for the second time was 16-12, which according to junior Shafiq Figueroa, is not good enough.

“I do not feel satisfied with our season this year. We really could have done better in district,” he said.

The girls basketball team started off the season strong as well, as they were ranked first in state for three days.

“I enjoyed being able to play with my girls for my last season and to have done so well,” senior Brianna Ashley said.

The girls team had a final record of 19-7, they almost made it to playoffs beating Lake Travis in their last district game but will not be able to go because Austin High did not lose their last district game which would have been the girls only chance of possibly making playoffs.

With both the girls and boys season now over, the only thing left to do according to the players from both teams is to keep working hard and improve so that next year will be a better season.

“We weren’t really a team this year, but if we come together and not play so selfishly we may have a much better season next year,” junior Jerome Scaturro said “we just have to focus and be ready to work hard and long for what we want.”

Both teams feel that there is plenty room for improvement and aren’t looking to settle for where their season has ended.