Our own Lady Skyhawks had a phenomenal season with an ending record of 17-9! Regardless of being the smallest team in the tournament, with a height range of 4’11-5’9, they conquered, fought back, and had a season no one expected from them.
With one of the youngest teams in the conference, they played like they were bigger and more seasoned than anybody who came their way. They played with fire, confidence, and an fearless motto of, “No excuses.”
With 12 talented girls on the team, including Brina Bentley, Mya Coleman, and Jaden Watkins, their main goal was to make it to the state tournament. And they did. But they achieved much more along the way.
Brina Bentley, who was the only senior on the team, had to step up and be the leader the team knew she could be. She, alongside Jaden Watkins, achieved the special recognition of being named First Team All Conference.
Overall, the team was outstanding. Mrs. Chevette Waller stated, “Opening Night vs. ranked St. Catherine: although we were defeated we showed poise, confidence, and a great deal of fight. I then knew we would exceed the expectations for this young team!”
They also knocked Tucker High School, who was 22-0, out of the State Tournament. The Skyhawks were recognized as Conference Runner-up.
Coach Chevette Waller was a former student and also a player at Bird. After graduating, she then attended Virginia Commonwealth University. Her college experience was the best time of her life. “You grow as a person, develop life time friends, travel the world, learn to make sacrifices and become a team player through life,” Chevette stated.
She has been coaching for almost two decades. Throughout all the years that she coached, she doesn’t have a favorite year because with almost all of her teams, she developed strong relationships with the individuals. She did state that if she had to choose, 2009 would be the team that stuck out to her because it was such a close knit team and the team demanded the best from everyone without hard feelings.
Although the season has ended, the Skyhawk basketballers have had an excellent year; they have created an unbreakable bond and have set the foundation for upcoming years.
By Angelina Caraballo, Ariana Wilbon, and Kennedy Maddox