By Juni Ballew
Senior year is different for each and every person. Some say it was the best, some say the worst. I personally don’t know anything about senior year or the feeling of leaving everything you knew for the last 12 years. In a way I would imagine it can be tough and scary but also freeing and exciting. If you participated in a sport throughout high school or just a couple years you know how important the last year of a sport is for seniors. There’s senior night, with raging crowds, gifts, and many congratulations. There’s the last game, with strong emotions and sad goodbyes. Throughout it all they can always look back at the good times with the team. This year’s girls basketball seniors are none other than Isabella McVey, Tiffany Allen, and Abigail Householder.
Isabella McVey has participated in the sport for an impressive 12 years. She says that in those 12 years one thing a coach has said that has stuck with her is “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” She is one of the captains of the team and she says that the key to being a good teammate is being compassionate and trustworthy, McVey is both. She is a great leader and teammate. Everyone needs someone to cheer them on, McVey says that her coaches, Coach Tolson or Coach E are hers. “They both show so much support no matter the situation and know exactly what to say when I need to hear it.” Senior night against the Southern Tornados was the most memorable and her best game states McVey. She led the team in 3 pointers, steals, and rebounds. She liked how all the seniors scored to take home the win of 58-22. After high school McVey plans to attend the University of Rio Grande to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education.
Tiffany Allan has participated in the sport for 10 years. Allan says that the key to being a good teammate is supporting each other. Allan, McVey, and Householder have been good teammates most of their lives. Allan said, along with McVey, that the one thing a coach has said that has stuck with her is “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” Allan says that her Mom and Dad are her biggest cheerleaders. She personally thought her best game this season was the game against the Alexander Spartans. Allan says this was her best game because she played well and had fun with the team. Allen is a perfect team player, always cheering and keeping her head up for the team. She says that the best part of her senior season is having a winning record and the most memorable part was winning important games with her team. After high school Allen plans to attend Washington State for nursing.
Abigail Householder has played for 9 years. Householder is a wonderful teammate on and off the court. She says the most important trait to be a good teammate is “Working hard regardless of the circumstances, and having their teammates’ backs.” She says that the best part of her senior year was just how fun it was. Householder states, “It was the most fun I’ve ever had in basketball, and I’m really glad I got to finish my high school career with it.” Householder says that the one thing a coach has said that has stuck with her is “The importance of keeping your head up, even if you’re struggling or losing, and the difference that having a growth mindset can make.” Householder has one of the best growth mindsets and attitudes. She says that personally her best game was also senior night by stating that “Senior Night against Southern will always have a special place in my heart, and it’s also the one I played the most in.” Householder is an amazing cheerleader and always picks her teammates up. She says that her biggest cheerleaders are her parents, “They always cheer me on and encourage me, no matter what.” During her senior year Householder says that the most memorable part was winning the game against the Nelsonville-York Buckeyes. She states, “It was a game we weren’t expected to win, but we came out and played very hard. And it paid off.” After high school Householder plans to attend Ohio State University or Ohio University and major in psychology.
We are beyond proud of all you seniors!