Maryville girls basketball’s run towards a state berth reached an end in a 47-39 loss to St. Pius X in the Class 3 District 16 championship game Feb. 22 in Kansas City, Missouri.
Although this is not what Maryville (16-8) had hoped for, the team was able to get to the championship from the help of its two seniors: Baldwin and Kamryn Gastler. Both players have been on the team for all four years and started their careers not able to win a game until Albrecht came to Maryville.
Baldwin explained how being able to play at Maryville impacted her as a player.
“Kamryn and I grew up playing travel ball together,” Baldwin said. “So we were very comfortable with each other, and it was great having her by my side these last four years. Since the beginning of freshman year, we had so many goals we wanted to reach, and these last two years, and especially this year, we were able to reach those goals.”
The two seniors are leaving with a district runner up plaque as well as the experiences and memories they have had with the team. Baldwin doesn’t feel like the season should be over and still wants to continue playing.
“It just makes us wish that we had another year to play,” Baldwin said. “That way we can experience the growth of the team after us and what they will go and accomplish.”
Looking to next season, Albrecht is excited to get to work during the offseason.
“We were a young team this season, and the experiences we had will help build toward more success in the future,” Albrecht said. “The most important thing for us now is to have a great offseason.”
In order to get to the district final, the Spoofhounds pushed past the Lawson Cardinals in the semifinal game, where they were eliminated one year ago.
The Spoofhounds and Lawson met at the Cameron Tournament Jan. 26, where Maryville was victorious by a score of 49-38. The Spoofhounds were able to squeak by with a 49-46 win over No. 3 seed Lawson Feb. 21 in district play.
Although the win was not as a wide of a margin as the first time they met, Maryville coach Quentin Albrecht was pleased with how his team played.
“I thought that our girls were focused on making it past this game and to the district finals,” Albrecht said. “Serena (Sundell) had her usual great game, but we had other girls like Emma Baldwin step up and back the victory.”
With a win over Lawson, Maryville pushed into the district final where they would face the host, St. Pius. The Warriors came into the game as the No. 1 seed of the tournament while Maryville held the No. 2 seed. This was a major game for the Spoofhounds, as they have not reached the district final since 2011.
The ‘Hounds stuck with the Warriors for the majority of the game until St. Pius was able to pull away toward the end. With St. Pius being able to host the district tournament at its school, this played an important role for them.
“The home court was an advantage for them,” Albrecht said. “They have been in games like this many times in the past, and we were playing in our first district final game in several years. With that said, both teams had to come out and battle. The experience will serve us well in the years to come.”