Our goal every season is the same - win SEASAC. As the three-time defending champion, we knew teams would be gunning for us and with the loss of many seniors from last year's squad, we needed our young players to step up while looking to our remaining seniors to lead the way.
Over the course of the past four months, from early morning practices to late night men's league games, the team has shown vast improvements and really gelled as a team. We came up short of our goal but the season should be looked upon as a tremendous success with building blocks in place to recapture the SEASAC Trophy.
A special thanks to our departing coach Rich Nies who has been with the team for the past seven years and a heartfelt thanks to our seniors for making this one of the most memorable seasons and for their leadership on and off the court. Go EAST!
By Nicholas Ball, Head of PE, East Campus
Basketball - Girls
"1-2-3 FAMILY!" These were the last words shared between the group of 13 teammates belonging to the 2018-19 UWCSEA East girls basketball team.
This group started the year with a lot of unfamiliar faces and uncertainty about the way the upcoming season would take shape. Like any family, they had their share of ups and downs, adversity, and hard decisions. It was in those difficult times that the team began to come together and find their identity.
Each time they took the floor during the SEASAC tournament they played with passion, heart, toughness, and they played for each other. After losing their first game to the eventual SEASAC champions, the girls won three games in a row with a chance to make it to finals.
In a back and forth game it came down to the final minutes where they eventually fell to the runner-up of the tournament. In an eerily similar game for third-place, the game slipped through their fingers in the final seconds, ending in a fourth-place finish at SEASAC.
Although it was difficult to lose the final two games in such a dramatic fashion, the future of girls basketball here at East is bright. We will return 10 of our 13 girls for the 2019-20 season! To the grade 12 students that are leaving us, you will always be part of our family.
Thank you to all the girls for a great season, I am already looking forward to next year. Go Dragons!