Going into the CAMSC basketball tournament, the St. Timothy’s School girls varsity basketball team had a fantastic season staying undefeated in the conference regular season (9-0) and 15-1 overall. The team earned first seed in the conference tournament and faced Wake Christian in the first round. Although Wake Christian led the game 8-0 early on, the Titans slowly fought back with great defense, preventing Wake from scoring more than 2 points for the remainder of the game. The girls defeated this 8th seeded team 17-10 in a physical game in front of an enthusiastic crowd of fans for both schools. The Lady Titans went on to defeat 4th seeded NRCA 23-13 in what Coach Brian Russell says was one of their best efforts of the season. After leading 16-4 in the first half, the girls withstood a third quarter comeback by the Knights and finished strong to advance to the finals.
The tournament championship slated the Titans against rival Magellan in the St. Timothy’s gym. Fans knew this would be a nail-biter game, as last time the two teams played, the Titans snatched the win with a buzzer-beater basket. A large crowd from both schools gathered with anticipation for the championship game that would live up to expectations. The game remained close and competitive for the duration of the game, and all the fans were standing during the last few plays of the game. This time, Magellan was able to take the win with a close score of 18-17. In a tweet to fans shortly after the game, Athletic Director Mike McConoughey stated, “The St. Timothy’s community could not be more proud of the Lady Titans. Despite the loss, the girls were exemplary. They fought hard, and truly embraced the spirit of the Titan. We will be back next year!”
This years’ Lady Titans team saw only two returning players from last year, eighth grader Anna Sabiston and seventh grader Ava Palmgren. A large number of the team played on the successful JV girls’ team last year. Eighth graders Anna Sabiston, Stella D., and Caroline Yates led the team as captains and, according to Coach Russell, are excellent leaders on the court and in the classroom. The leading scorer was Ava Palmgren with an average of 10 points per game. Almira Adibelli led the defense and had the most steals on the team.
“I knew we had a chance to be a good team, but I did not think we would attain this much success,” Coach Russell said. “Our success is a tribute to the hard work and competitiveness of the girls on the team.” He went on to describe how the team was very goal-oriented and always completed the goals of a drill before moving on to the next one, no matter how many times it took.
Former STS Athletic Director Tracey Woodward could not completely leave STS behind, stepping in to be Coach Russell’s assistant and, according to Coach Russell, offered invaluable experience, enthusiasm, and leadership to the team.
Congratulations to the Lady Titans for a great season!