Last Friday, the Sundevils triumphed in a close girls basketball game against Mission Vista.
Their win didn’t come easily, however, as Mission Vista proved to be a competitive contender. Winning with a score of 59-48, the Sundevils had to remain focused throughout the neck-and-neck event in order to push past the Timberwolves. MC girls caught up to their rival during the third quarter and from then on stayed in front, winning the match.
Having lost many games in the beginning of the season, the Sundevils worked on maintaining a positive mindset in order to see improvement.
Senior Michelle McFadden described how an important factor in preparing for her games is having mental reassurance.
“Before every game, when my team and I are alone, I always take a step back and remind myself of what I most want to improve on in the game,” McFadden said. “I also remind myself that everything will work out as long as we work as a team.”
Similarly overcome by frequent pregame anxiety, Senior Sara Vandenburgh shared her own strategies for overcoming mental uncertainties.
“I try not to think too much about the game beforehand, because when I do, I stress myself out,” Vandenburgh said. “However, I do remind myself that I’ve worked hard throughout the season, and with the help of my team members, I’ve gained the confidence needed to play my best.”
Although the team underwent a loss in essential players from last year, the girls expressed how restructuring team relationships has benefited their overall performance.
“The importance of team cooperation is definitely shown out on the court, and it’s obvious that we do our best and play an amazing game when we’re all working together,” McFadden said.
As they continue to work on interplayer collaboration and team coordination, MC girls basketball hopes to see more victories.