Maryville girls basketball team wraps up its regular season with a flurry of games while it tries to upset a few teams in the district tournament.
Freshman Serena Sundell had herself a game Feb. 12 when the Spoofhounds (10-11) beat Cameron 55-34. Coach Quentin Albrecht said that Sundell was at her best against the Dragons.
“Serena had a really good night (Monday),” Albrecht said. “She was really in a rhythm shooting the basketball and by halftime she had 11 points, scored all nine of our points in the second quarter. Then, in the third quarter, she really went off and scored 16 points, and hit three 3’s and finished up her night with six points in the fourth quarter.”
Sundell had a historic night breaking two records while slaying the Dragons. Her 33 points in the game proved to be the largest single-game point total in school history. Sundell came into Cameron with 400 points on the year. Her night pushed her season total to 433 which broke the Maryville single-season scoring record.
With the majority of the regular season in the rearview mirror, Junior Emma Baldwin said the team needs to focus on what they can control.
“We need to go out there and play our hardest every single minute of every single game,” Baldwin said. “We just need to play the game we know how to play, and control what we can control. If something doesn’t go our way, all we have to say is ‘so what? now what?’ We have to keep the intensity going.”
The Hounds travel to Hamilton Feb. 19 to take on Brookfield in the first round of districts. Albrecht explained the Hounds are in a good spot to make some waves.
“We have an eye on that district tournament,” Albrecht said. “We feel very good going into the district tournament; we’ve been playing well and like our draw, we like our seed and we like how the bracket plays out. Our goal we set a few weeks ago was to make some noise and that’s all we want to do.”
Maryville was given the three seed in the Class 3 District 16 tournament. Along with sharing their coaches point of view, Baldwin explained the bond the team has created will help them in the postseason.
“We just want to go out and make some noise,” Baldwin said. “We just have to stick together and continue to push each other to play our hardest and play smart each game from here on out.”
The junior varsity season will come to a close after the Feb. 15 game against Savannah, Albrecht said the main goal for the future is making sure the young core stays together.
“We talked a lot about retention,” Albrecht said. “We have 18 girls out, three of them will graduate, that gives us 15 underclassmen, and we want to retain all of them and add to those numbers. We not only want to increase the quality of those players but the quantity as well.”