Coppell seeks to gain momentum as playoffs approach


Shreya Ravi

Coppell junior guard Atia Mendenica looks for a free teammate to pass the ball in CHS Arena on Jan. 6. The Cowgirls face the Plano Wildcats tonight at Home. Photo by Shreya Ravi.

Ava Johnson, Staff Writer

After a week of rain, sleet, and a discouraging loss against Hebron last Saturday, the Coppell girls basketball team looks for a silver lining amidst strife in its Senior Night game tonight at 7 p.m. against Plano at CHS Arena.

Coppell is coming off a 48-45 Hebron loss, their second loss of the season.

According to Coppell girls basketball coach Ryan Murphy, the Cowgirls missed several layups throughout the game at the front of the rim along with several opportunities to stop Hebron from scoring, but was unable to execute.

“Hebron was a very competitive game from the start and we lost on a last second buzzer beater so that was heartbreaking,” Coppell junior guard Ella Spiller said. 

Despite the loss, the Cowgirls look ahead to their game today, hoping that their experience with Hebron will reignite their success and fuel them throughout the playoffs. 

Spiller recognizes a potential threat in tonight’s game, Plano junior guard Salese Blow. According to The  Dallas Morning News, Blow is averaging 31.8 points per game.

As  a sense of uncertainty hangs in the air above the court, it is accompanied by a wave of nostalgia as Coppell seniors glance up at their banners for the last time in a regular season game. This years’ seniors have been a crucial part of the Cowgirl culture as they have dedicated the past four years to the program, laying everything out on the court and serving as respected figures younger players look up to.   

As the seniors wonder how many more times they will step onto the Cowgirls’ court, memories will flood back to them — from the first shot they ever took or the last drill they ran together — and allow them to recognize the legacy they’ve ingrained into the program as well as the irrefutable impact the CHS has left on them.

Tonight the Cowgirls seek to defeat the Wildcats subsequently gaining momentum heading into the playoffs, and to honor their seniors as the regular season comes to a bittersweet close.

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