The 2018 John Curtis Christian School Lady Patriot basketball team could cement themselves as one of the best, if not the best, teams in Patriot history. Really, the same could be said about the entire state. The Patriots lone loss came to the team they will be playing Saturday, the McKinley Panthers. That loss, however, was way back in early December, down a starter due to injury, and was by one point, 44-43. Every win since has been by double digits, with many coming by 20 or more, just like the rout Thursday in the semi-finals against Evangel, 74-37. The game was close for a quarter and a half. Evangel actually tied the score up at 19 apiece with five and a half minutes to play in the second quarter. Then, the Patriots did what they’ve done all season long. They went on a run. An unprecedented run, especially considering it came in the semi-finals of the Division I playoffs. Twenty eight points later, the Patriots built up a 47-19 lead before Evangel made a bucket. The plethora of points came in a variety of ways. The Patriots turned defensive steals into fast breaks, defensive rebounds into halfcourt offensive sets, full court pressure forcing turnovers, offensive rebounds. In fact, the Patriots had more offensive rebounds than Evangel had total rebounds in the game. To say they were relentless, is an understatement. Senior Dynah Jones summed it up best when she said, “Attacking the boards and getting stops are our bread and butter.” If you think the Patriots will settle with a blowout semi-final performance and rest on their laurels, the next quote from Jones should reassure you that the Patriots will show up Saturday ready to repeat as state champions. Jones is quoted as saying, “This is an amazing feeling, and I am just ready to close it out with a win with my teammates.”
We are so proud of the season this team has given us. We are extremely proud of our seniors for the amazing accomplishments they have given our program. We are also blessed to have such a wonderful woman leading our program in Coach Barbara Farris. Thank you to all involved for the hard work, dedication, commitment and sacrifices you have made! Good luck Saturday!
(Photo credit: Jim Derry – Nola.com/Times Picayune)