Mainland girls basketball head into playoffs 18-1 for the season
Lady Buccaneers girls basketball team celebrated Senior Night with a 53-48 win against the Apopka Blue Darters on Friday, Jan. 29 at the Vince Carter Athletic Center.
Mainland’s Isys Grady out tipped Apopka’s Dh’nizia Turner for the jump ball but Apopka’s starters hit the court running, controlling the game immediately. 6 minutes into the first quarter, the Buccaneers were held to 4 points to the Darters’ 15. Bucs finished the quarter with a 17-12 shortfall. Both teams battled in the second quarter holding each other to single digits forcing a 21-21 tie going into half-time.
Senior Jymea Jackson kicked it up a notch for the Lady Buccaneers with 12 points and 4 rebounds while fellow senior, Grady, followed it up with 10 points and 5 rebounds. Mainland finished with the win and an astounding 18-1 season.
“No one thought we would end the season 18-1. But it was possible,” said head coach Brandon Stewart. For Stewart, Deepak Chopra’s quote expressed it the best. “When you allow yourself to be unpredictable, you step from the known into the unknown, where anything is possible.”
Stewart will be losing five players this year. Isys Grady, Jymea Jackson, Lauren Troutman, Hendley Welch and Jacqueline Williams are graduating seniors who have contributed to Mainland’s nearly perfect season.
Lady Buccaneers head into 6A District 4 playoffs on Wednesday, February 3.