Last Monday, Feb. 19, the MJHS girls’ basketball team won the District 9 AAA Girls Basketball Championship over county rival Wilson Central with a final score of 54-44. Despite an uncharacteristically rough season for the girls, with them landing in third place overall in the district, they were still able to defeat Wilson Central. The next night, the MJHS boys’ basketball team won their first ever district championship versus the Lebanon Blue Devils.
2018 is the first year that both basketball programs have won the district championship, and it is the girls’ twelfth win since the year 2000.
Nevaeh Majors, point-guard for the Lady Bears, describes the win Monday night as an exciting victory, especially because last year the team lost to the Wilson Central Wildcats in the same championship game.
“It felt amazing, like all of our hard work was paying off,” says Majors.
The Lady Bears have spent all season working to take back that district title. Majors knew it would be important to not only focus on preparing her skills, but in leading the team as well.
“The most important thing we did as a team was unite knowing we all needed to play together with the same heartbeat in order to beat anybody, as well as Wilson Central,” says Majors.
The team was confident that they would win heading into the game, despite knowing that they would be going up against an equally worthy opponent.
“The game was very evenly matched, and the score told it all. They have a really talented team and some great players and in the end we just made the better decisions to win,” says Majors regarding Central’s team.
Majors finished out the game strong with five assists and two steals, along with teammates Emma Palmer, who pulled 12 rebounds and scored a total of 23 points, and Shelby Petty, who dropped in four three-pointers and had two steals.
The Lady Bears ended their regular season with a record of 16 wins and eight losses, and the team is now full speed ahead through the regional tournament up to the “Glass House”, as MJHS girls’ basketball Coach Chris Fryer likes to call it.
The “Glass House” is actually Middle Tennessee State University’s basketball gym, where the state tournament is held.
Majors has full confidence that her team will make it there.
”I know this team is capable of advancing to state,” says Majors.