Basketball Senior Night Reflections

Maddie Hamalian and Taylor Stephenson

Decatur High School varsity boys and girls basketball beat Blessed Trinity last Friday night, January 29th, winter sports senior night. The boys varsity won 44-42, and the girls varsity won 49-46.

These last home games of the regular basketball season, landed the  boys varsity ranked third in their region and girls varsity ranked second in their region.

Head Varsity boys basketball coach, Bill Roberts, describes this basketball season as the year of change.  

“We’ve played a little different style of ball, a little more running gun, a little more intense basketball,” Roberts said. “It has been a fun year of transition.”

Varsity girls basketball coach, Sarah Coleman, also describes the girls year as a different year because they have a young team, but she feels they have improved a lot throughout the season.

“Our record does not reflect the progress we have made,” Coleman said.

Coleman says she will miss the seniors, Kiera Edge, Zaahira Carroll, Janay Williams, and Sana Cuffy,  “keeping it all in perspective.”

“They know when to take things seriously and they know when to joke around,” Coleman said. “They have a good ability not to get too high with the highs and not to get too low with the lows, and I think that is really important.”

Roberts noticed this year’s seniors, Trey Tice, Quintavius Eagle, Douglas Terrel, and Kobie Davis, particularly possess an “intensity” and a “love for the game.”

“I want to make sure they leave that legacy with us,” Roberts said.

Coleman says that having senior Zaahira Carroll, guard, as “has really helped [the team] because she knows exactly what to expect and exactly what we expect.”
Maddie Hamalian
Coleman says that having senior Zaahira Carroll, guard, as “has really helped [the team] because she knows exactly what to expect and exactly what we expect.”
Coleman says senior Sana Cuffy, guard, “brings a positivity and a work ethic to the program that we needed at this particular point.”
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Coleman says senior Sana Cuffy, guard, “brings a positivity and a work ethic to the program that we needed at this particular point.”

 

Senior Kiera Edge plays many positions, but normally she play . Coleman says that her ‘athleticism and her ability to play any position has helped [the team] this year as the freshman have come along.”
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Senior Kiera Edge plays many positions, but normally she play . Coleman says that her ‘athleticism and her ability to play any position has helped [the team] this year as the freshman have come along.”
Senior Janay Williams, post, averages 16 rebounds a game. Coleman says “losing that is going to be huge.”
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Senior Janay Williams, post, averages 16 rebounds a game. Coleman says “losing that is going to be huge.”

 

Senior Kobie Davis plays guard. "Kobie has been our consistent leader and captain over the course of the year," Coach Roberts said. "He has become confident and secure in his game and that has allowed him to earn respect from players and coaches. He stays calm and collected through adversity. Kobie is dependable and respectful, and we will miss him when he goes."
Maddie Hamalian
Senior Kobie Davis plays guard. “Kobie has been our consistent leader and captain over the course of the year,” Coach Roberts said. “He has become confident and secure in his game and that has allowed him to earn respect from players and coaches. He stays calm and collected through adversity. Kobie is dependable and respectful, and we will miss him when he goes.”

 

Douglass Terrell plays defensive specialist. "Doug is a hard worker and has been very patient about waiting his time," Coach Roberts said. "This year has been a huge part of what we do as a team. He is often asked to play several different positions during a game. He is quiet and reserved, but he gets the job done on the court. He let's his actions speak for who he is."
Maddie Hamalian
Douglass Terrell plays defensive specialist. “Doug is a hard worker and has been very patient about waiting his time,” Coach Roberts said. “This year has been a huge part of what we do as a team. He is often asked to play several different positions during a game. He is quiet and reserved, but he gets the job done on the court. He let’s his actions speak for who he is.”

 

Senior Quintavius Eagle plays post. "Q [Quintavius] has returned to the court this year and been a very consistent player for us," Coach Roberts said. "He has had double/double's on many nights. He has been a significant player in breaking presses and has been a threat in the paint. He is one of senior captains and speaks up when he needs to."
Maddie Hamalian
Senior Quintavius Eagle plays post. “Q [Quintavius] has returned to the court this year and been a very consistent player for us,” Coach Roberts said. “He has had double/double’s on many nights. He has been a significant player in breaking presses and has been a threat in the paint. He is one of senior captains and speaks up when he needs to.”
Senior Trey Tice plays guard. "Tray brings the energy to the court," Coach Roberts said. "He defends like a tenacity that makes ball handlers nervous. He has stepped up when he has been called on and got the job done."
Maddie Hamalian
Senior Trey Tice plays guard. “Trey brings the energy to the court,” Coach Roberts said. “He defends with a tenacity that makes ball handlers nervous. He has stepped up when he has been called on and got the job done.”