Longhorn basketball season recap

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Victoria Jacobs

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Lanier basketball holds some of the highest titles in school sports history including many region and tournament championships. The boys also hold the prestigious title of State Runner Ups (in 2020) and the girls hold the only State Championship title in school history from Spring 2019. Now that both teams’ seasons are over, let’s take a look back at their heart-filled performances from this year!
The girls started off strong with a win against Forsyth Central, but sadly proceeded to lose the next three games. After losing those three games, the girls got back on track by picking up two big region wins over Shiloh and Central Gwinnett. After picking up those region wins, the girls team experienced a losing streak before finding their groove and defeating Shiloh and Central Gwinnett for a second time.
The boys team started the year by losing to Habersham, but then picked up wins against East Coweta, a non-region opponent, and a region win against Winder-Barrow. Then, they lost a tough region game, but then picked up a huge region win at the Ranch against Central Gwinnett. Lanier fell into a slump over the next three games, losing a tough region game against Dacula by a buzzer beater. Lanier was also defeated by Mountain View and Buford. After losing to Buford, things turned around for the boys, as they went on a five-game winning streak over region opponents. Thankfully, they finished the regular season by getting revenge over Dacula.
Coming into 2022, the Lanier girls basketball team had a record of 3 and 6. The girls team went into the new year looking to turn their season around after a tough region loss to Buford. The boys team, on the other hand, came into 2022 with a 6 and 5 record. The boys team went into 2022 on a two-game winning streak, looking to keep the streak going during the second half of the season.
The girls team finished the regular season with a 8-17 record, making them the 5th seed in the region tournament. The girls team picked up four region wins against Central Gwinnett and Shiloh. The boys headed into the region tournament as the fourth seed with a 14-10 overall record. Both the boys and girls teams had to face Habersham Central in the second round.
Prior to the tournament, I met with one of the seniors on the boys team, Matthew Moore who said, “I think we weren’t doing as good as we thought in the beginning, but as of lately, we’ve gotten way better and have been winning games a lot, and we’ve been on a roll.”. Then, when asked what he thought the team planned to improve on, he replied with, “Probably the defensive side; we work on it everyday in practice.”
Shortly after I talked to Matthew, I met with Riley Bryan who is a senior on the girls team. I asked her about her thoughts on the season heading into the region tournament. She told me, “So far I think there are some things we could get better at, but I like how competitive we are.”
Sadly, the boys and girls teams both lost to Habersham, causing them to fall out of the tournament. Without being in the final four, both of their seasons came to an end. However, we are very proud of their fight and determination and are already ready to see them back on the court next winter!