By Ashley Walls
The women’s basketball team ended their run in the KIAC tournament with a 2-1 record, falling short of the championship title with a 67-59 loss to Point Park University in the championship game on March 1. Even so, the close-knit team has a positive attitude.
“Despite a heartbreaking loss, I find joy in the fact that we truly glorified God with our actions throughout the course of the season,” said sophomore Kylee Gorby. In addition, Gorby said the team had a great run and has a lot to be proud of. “We have established Asbury women’s basketball as a respectable program,” she said. “For the past three years, we have been on the edge of going to nationals.”
Freshman Molly Harlin agreed. “It was heartbreaking,” she said. “But it says a lot about our program because that was our third consecutive year making it to the championship. We became more than just teammates. We grew into a family.”
Harlin and Gorby said the team really started to feel like a family when the team traveled to Haiti over winter break. “Those are memories that only we will share together,” Harlin said. “Our bond that we have created will never be broken.”
“We played for each other and for God’s glory,” Gorby said. “We didn’t care who got the credit.”
As for next year, both girls said the team is planning on going even farther than they did this year. “This loss will only make us hungrier and motivate us to work even harder to make it to nationals next year,” Gorby said.
Whatever happens, the team is confident about one thing: their family-like bond. “Yes, we play basketball together,” sophomore Savannah Taylor said. “But more than that, these are my sisters, and we are family. Not only will I have them in my life through a basketball season but for the rest of my life.”