The Ultimate Valentine’s Game

Reported By: Gabriella Stalter

Only one day after the Corning Junior Varsity Girls Basketball Team was victorious in their nerve wracking battle against Norwich, they were scheduled to compete against Maine Endwell Junior Varsity girls for the final showdown.

Corning’s Junior Varsity Girls Basketball team was able to beat Union Endicott for the STAC West Championship title on Saturday, February 2nd. Then, on Wednesday, February 13th, the Corning girls faced Norwich for the semifinal game. Coming out with a win,Corning is now ready to play against Maine Endwell in the ultimate game. Coach Burch instructed the team to “play for each other”. He informed the team that in order to come out with a win, they had to “look for each other, work together, and play together”.

With everything on the line, the Corning girls suit up and hit the road at 2:40 p.m., on Thursday, February 14th. Sophomore Aaryaa states that she is “very nervous because even though they had made it this far, the game can go any which way.” Freshman Alexis Lapierre states how she is motivated because “we [the team] deserve to win after a great season”.

With love in the air everywhere else, for Valentine’s Day, the only love coming from the corning girls is the love for the game. The Corning Girls Junior Varsity Basketball Team traveled to Maine Endwell for their final showdown, and came home champions. Leading the game, after the first half 25-12, the girls continue to rally for their final half together. Eighth grader Ashley Volpe led the team with the most points scored. With the final seconds of the clock running down, Sophomore Elif Can received a pass from Aaryaa Donthu. Even though the fate of the game was sealed, Elif finished the shot, at the buzzer, ending the game and the season with Corning Girls as the champions. The final score of the game was 49-21.

After a long, successful season, the Corning girls are excited to hold the trophy and show off their name. What comes next for the Corning Basketball Program is up to both the coaches and players of the future.

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