By Hanwen Cao
The Junior Varsity Basketball Girls Team stepped on the court to play their first game of the season on November 11, 2017. The game was held in their home court at Shanghai American School Pudong High School Gymnasium and was played against their counterparts from the Puxi Campus. Teams from various international schools also joined the event, and the players were pushing the atmosphere to its climax with their competitiveness and spirit.
Once the whistle was blown, girls from both teams fought for the ball with great determination and vigour, never backing down from their opponents despite falling or injuring themselves. Cheers and words of encouragement were heard from their teammates, motivating the players to continue running, dribbling, shooting, and snatching for rebounds. When the last quarter came to an end after over an hour of competition, SAS Pudong won the game by 38:14.
"I think everyone worked super hard in order to get to where we are. We started out a little shaky but I'm really proud of how everyone performed today." remarked Sally Jin, a senior on the team, still sweating from the intense playing but smiling about the victory, "Even our tiniest players were being really aggressive beasts because we love this sport and we want that ball. I'm really excited for the season, you know, it’s a good start." Her teammates, Seoyeon Shin, Wenhui Lu, and Nikita Sao, all shared the same thought.
SAS Puxi has also demonstrated excellent sportsmanship and congratulated their opponents from their skills. Although dissapointed, Sally Seo, a Puxi sophomore, applauded Pudong's win and reflected on the game, "We could've worked better today, but I know that we all tried our best." She finished with sharing her hopes for the season," As for our training, I think we could definitely practice shooting more so that we could grasp the skills and work better as a team."
No matter the result, both teams gave it their all on the court and showed the spectators their enthusiasm and love for the sport. The teams have a great season ahead.