7th Grade Girls Basketball

Elouise Friloux and Grace Peay

There are so many areas of the game of basketball to personalize, like shooting form, ball-handling moves, defensive style, court vision, and more. Every girl on the 7th grade girls teams do just that.
7th grade “A” team basketball coach, Coach Coonrod, has a famous quote when it comes to encouragement in the game of basketball: “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.” She says that to her basketball team to let them know that no matter how talented you are, if you don’t work hard, nothing you want to happen will end up happening.”
“I proudly coach B and C team, 7th grade girls basketball. The season has been really good so far, with 3-0 both teams. We have out-scored each team by 20 to 30 points, but even though we are having a great starting season, the toughest part about coaching is trying to get the girls to listen to me when they are on the court. I have loved watching these girls improve, and I would be very pleased for all of us to be undefeated. I really think we can do it, but we have to beat the next teams coming up and put our hardest on the court,” said Coach Hulme, 7th grade math teacher and basketball coach.
Basketball is a welcoming and inclusive sport that can be played by people of all ages and abilities. It is a team sport that can develop a person’s teamwork and leadership skills, as well as confidence and self esteem. This sport requires a great amount of teamwork in order to win games. The success of each player depends on the performance of the other teammates, and if you work together, your team will grow on and off the court.
“I am on the B team for 7th grade girls basketball. I think our bond is really strong and it helps us to talk a lot on the court. Coach Hulme knows it helps us improve when we mess up. Our season is going really well; we are undefeated. One of our weaknesses as a team is slowing down when we are up by a lot and running a good offense, but a strength is getting the ball down the court and being able to get around the defense,” said Kenlea Swadener, 7.
Basketball teaches responsibility to self and team. It fosters a can-do attitude and encourages. Having the right mindset is always necessary in basketball, and when players succeed in agame, anything is possible.
“I am on the C team and the season has been really good so far. I enjoy being undefeated and how strong the bond is between everyone on our team. My favorite part is eating dinner, especially Canes, before the game with my friends because it helps me get hyped and ready for the game. We’re really good at defense and fast breaks, and I definitely see a strong future ahead of us,” said Marlee Parks, 7.
To play basketball athletes use hand eye coordination, endurance, and agility. Running up and down on a basketball court can be quite intense, especially if conditioning is an issue. Hard work and effort makes all the difference.
“I’m on the A team. The season has been good this year and the bond between my team is really strong. I feel like it shows on the court with all the team chemistry and working together. I like listening to music and just relaxing before the game. I think our team is really good at defense. I really like Coach Coonrod because if we’re in a tough situation she calms us down and tells us it’s gonna be okay,” said Jocelyn Chapman, 7.
The 7th grade girls basketball teams are starting the season strong and secure. In basketball, much like life, there are ups and downs, success and failure, endless challenges, and obstacles. Through basketball, players learn to tackle similar situations that they will face in life.