All sights on playoffs

Lady Farmers basketball team clinches playoffs, looks to finish with better seed


Vivica Juarez

Junior McKenzie Bowie (24) looks to pass the ball to senior Sharmaine Harper (20) or sophomore Nala Hemingway (15) during the L.D. Bell game on Friday, Feb. 3.

After beating Byron Nelson [15-15 overall, 5-8 in district 5-6A] last Tuesday 63-30, the Lady Farmers basketball team [16-12 overall, 9-4 in district 5-6A] has officially clinched a playoff spot. This is the school’s first team sport to reach playoffs since the 2015 softball team.

The next game is an away game tomorrow night against Hebron [5-25 overall, 1-12 in district 5-6A] at 6. With playoffs around the corner, the team doesn’t have intentions of relaxing until they’re over.

“We need to finish out strong, and we need to win out to try and move up and not finish fourth place so we can get a better seed for the playoffs,” head coach Sally Allsbrook said.

The team has had a unique bond throughout the season. With the season nearing its end, the girls understand that the bond they have must grow.

“We’ve come more together as a team, and we’re locking in on what we all want which was to make playoffs,” junior guard McKenzie Bowie said. “We’ve accomplished that and now we want to go far in playoffs and possibly take it to state.”

The mentality is set and the girls hope to keep going at it week in and week out until the last day of the season.

“Staying positive has been key for us because we’ve had our lows but we always pick each other up and keep on going,” senior forward Amani Alston said.

Working together as a unit during practice is key for any team. The girls are more close as a family now thanks to the relationships formed on and off the field.

“We bond a lot; on Saturdays we either go get breakfast or dinner, and then before the games on Friday, we have a team bonding/dinner on Thursday,” junior guard Kennadi Lankford said.

The girls’ basketball team is excited to put the school’s name back on the playoff radar.

“It’s been two years since we’ve been to playoffs in any sport,” Lankford said. “It feels good and we’re preparing for whatever comes.”