For the first time since 2005, the Dominican Basketball Team went all the way to the semi-final round of the playoffs, held in Hammond on March 2. The team fought hard against John Curtis Christian School but fell to the Patriots.
“Our goal this season was to make it to Hammond,” said Mr. Ryan Reuter, basketball coach. “I am so proud of the team for always playing their best because making it as far as we did was a great accomplishment.”
Mr. Reuter said preparation was key for the team to make it to the playoff semi-finals. The team watched film and put together what they needed to do, so they were ready to execute in the playoffs.
“I believe we put our blood, sweat, and tears out on that court that day, and next year we are coming back to get the title,” said sophomore Laynie Tierney, guard. Senior forward Kayla Gibson was happy that “as the underdogs of league, the team proved that they were a force to be reckoned with.” She spoke for the team when saying how blessed they were to bring Dominican back to the final four.
The team ended their season with a 25-9 record overall. “This season, our team learned to always play hard, never quit and work together,” said sophomore Ahjah Yunusah, small forward.
During the Feb. 22 quarterfinal playoff game, Dominican ended with a 36-20 victory against Archbishop Chapelle High School. Previously on Feb. 9, the team dominated in the last game of the regular
season against Chapelle, with a 34-25 win. During the Feb. 6 home game that honored the senior players, DHS celebrated with a 28-25 victory against Mount Carmel Academy. In the team’s previous game on Feb. 2, they fell to John Curtis.
During this winning season, senior Adelia Obioha, power forward, earned accolades. Obioha was one of ten girls to be named to the 2017 Clarion Herald’s Elite Girls Basketball Team, honoring the best players in the archdiocese. “I am grateful to be named to the team, but I would not have been able to do it without my team,” said Obioha. “They made the right passes in and got me open.”
Obioha learned from this season that nothing is impossible. “When you have a group of people that work hard every time they step onto the court, despite any adversity, good things will happen.”
– Madeline Puente