Women’s hoops define the meaning of teamwork
For a sports team to have a successful season, it must have one trait that sets them apart from the rest. No amount of practice drills or physical training can create it and, yet, it is vitally important. That trait is a sense of unity and camaraderie that propels a team to greatness. The Pioneer women’s basketball tam has that trait.
Like the Fab Five, the Pioneer women’s basketball team understands the importance of building friendships that exist on and off of the court.
Whether they are taking their annual team bonding trip to Put-In Bay Island or eating dinner together, this group of young women can always be found strengthening the bonds that they share with their teammates.
“Everyone has a basic love of the game of basketball, which really brings us together as a team,” said Crystal Westfield, head coach of the women’s basketball team and a former member of the Pioneer squad herself. “It is extremely important for the program that the younger players are able to spend time with the older girls; a unified team is a strong team.”
Westfield helps the team establish this bond by organizing dinners out together and even plans an annual vacation to Put-In Bay to bring her team closer together.
Team member Lizzy Fichera, a junior, would agree that a team that spends time together, succeeds together.
“The bond that you share with your teammates is a bond like no other,” said Fichera. “It is intense and emotional, especially when you win together against a difficult team like Skyline and you know that everyone brought something to the game that made us stronger together.”
It was this strength that helped the team in overcoming the numerous obstacles that presented themselves this season. Despite having key players sidelined due to injury and other various complications, the Pioneer women’s basketball team has been able to come together and win games against rival teams such as Ypsilanti and Skyline.
“At the end of this season, we will be proud to look back at what we have done considering the difficulties that we faced,” said Fichera. “This team is so close and we all know each other so well, it was easy to work through it all knowing that we had each other.” The friendships these athletes share do not end on the court.
“This group of girls have known each other for a long time, which makes it easier for them to come together as a team,” said Westfield. “They respect each other and their coaches and it really shows on the court.”
For this group of tightly knit girls, the season looks promising.
“We hope to do well in Districts and become stronger as a team,” said Coach Westfield, “but until then, I will enjoy watching them grow up and learn the lessons of time management and responciblity through basketball.”
Always with the lessons of the principles of teamwork, dedication, and sacrifice, passion instilled into their minds, the women’s basketball team knows that no matter what ever happens, they will always have the friendships they made during this winter season and the ones that came before it to take home with them long after the buzzer sounds on their last game together.