Magnificat High School’s varsity girls basketball team enters Thursday’s Division I sectional tournament final against Copley riding a nine-game winning streak.
The Blue Streaks (17-4) are set to begin a postseason run which they hope results in their third consecutive district title and ends at the state tournament.
Those goals were set in November by a veteran group of players – including 11 returning letterwinners – who were well aware of their potential and ability then and have been showcasing their skills all-season long.
“Our message is rather simple,” ninth-year head coach Meghann Hubach said during an interview in December. “Work to get better each time we’re in the gym and challenge each other to be at our best.”
While no team or coach is ever satisfied, Magnificat’s long winning streak – which is highlighted by victories against state-ranked Berea-Midpark and St. Vincent-St. Mary – serves as a good indicator that the Blue Streaks are peaking at the appropriate time.
The hallmark of this season’s Magnificat hoops squad is its depth.
“On any given night, somebody else can step up and really play well or be a spark,” Hubach said.
The key cogs in the team’s rotation include captains Claire Martin, Bridget Pryatel and Sarah Scelza as well as fellow seniors Colleen McGervey and Maddie Nickels.
Not surprisingly, Hubach said the senior class has been counted on for its leadership as much as it has been for its on-court ability.
“This senior class has been around the program for four years now, and they know the expectation and tradition of it,” Hubach said. “They represent the program well and help to push the younger players.”
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Magnificat. The winner will play in a district tournament semifinal at Elyria Catholic on Feb. 25.
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