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Girls basketball falls short in district final

BY BRIAN KESSLER

The girls basketball team fell to Piper High School in the district championship game on Feb. 3, by a score of 57-49 in overtime. The Lightning led by as many as 10 points, but the Bengals completed a second half comeback, highlighted by a last second tip-in that sent the game into overtime.

“We could have prepared better for the defense Piper played on us,” junior guard Rachel McCree said. “We should have also fixed the mistakes we made deep into the game.”

The Lightning held a lead for the first three quarters Heading into the fourth, they were leading 37-30, after Piper hit a 3-point shot to end the quarter.

“In the first half, the pace was more up-tempo, which helped us from an offensive standpoint, knocking down shots and containing Amaya Scott of Piper,” Head Coach Oliver Berens said. “In the second half, the pace slowed down, thus, our scoring decreased, and our activity was not as high.”

Piper opened the fourth quarter with a 7-0 run to tie the game at 37-37. The Lightning reclaimed the lead, after two free throws made by freshman guard Sophia Jones.

“In the fourth quarter, they capitalized off a ton of rebounds,” Coach Berens said. “They scored a total of 19 points compared to our 12 points.”

From that point on, each team spent the rest of the fourth quarter responding to each basket with another basket on the opposite end. The last Lightning possession included a mid-range floater by junior forward Glory Jones, which put the Lightning up 49-47 with 12 seconds remaining.

“At the end of regulation, the score was extremely close,” freshman point guard Bella LaChance said. “I was hoping that we could hold on to the lead for the final 12 seconds.”

The last offensive possession belonged to Piper. The Lightning’s defense forced Piper’s shot to be a contested one, which rimmed out, but Piper had enough time to grab the rebound and put up a buzzer-beating tip-in to force overtime.

“After the buzzer-beater, Piper took control of the momentum,” McCree said. “They used it to their advantage.”

In overtime, Piper controlled the game; the Bengals scored a total of eight points and held the Lightning scoreless throughout every second of overtime. The game ended with a final score of 57-49 and a Piper victory.

“After the game the team and I were shocked and sad because we knew we had the game and that we should have won,” McCree said.

According to Coach Berens, the Lightning is hoping to overcome their loss with a deep regional playoff run to obtain the experience of winning a regional matchup.

“As much as it hurts to lose the district championship this season, we are still very excited and motivated to have the opportunity to play in the regional playoffs”, Berens said.

The team returns to the court Feb. 9 to face Douglas High School in the regional quarterfinals.

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Girls lacrosse team prepares for new season

BY JOSIE CLANCY

Members of the girls lacrosse team are awaiting the season’s arrival, beginning on Feb. 13. Sophomore Samantha Ramer, returning member of the team, has been preparing for the season by playing for a travel team over the summer and working out in her free time.

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PTSA fundraiser provides Tools For Technology

BY ALEXIS EPSTEIN

Parent Teacher Student Association’s (PTSA) newest fundraiser is Tools For Technology at the Bay. This new project is focused on raising money to expand the technology center, provide additional laptops in classrooms, supply teachers with resources to help students succeed and enhance the curriculum. PTSA kicked off this new endeavor at the PTSA volunteer breakfast on Sep. 20. Families at the Bay were asked to contribute $25 toward the technological pursuit.

“The goal is to raise as much money as possible to support these efforts. To date, we have raised about $500.  If every family at the Bay donated $25, we would raise about $50,000,” PTSA President Mindy Siegel said.

She said the purpose of the fundraiser is to invest in the school’s technological and educational resources.

“We came up with this fundraiser because we know that technology can become outdated very quickly and we want our students to have the best state of the art equipment,” Mrs. Siegel said.

Administration will do an inventory check to ensure that those items in demand will be purchased.

“We do a needs assessment with our microtech [a cloud based software that keeps track of the technology] in which we have three on campus, and they do a great job to see what technology is outdated. We then look at everything as a team,” Assistant Principal Kassandra Fried said. “The money will most likely go towards laptop carts.”

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PRIDE hosts talent show to exhibit student ability

BY PATRICIA FERNANDEZ

On Nov. 3, Promoting Relations in Diversity through Education (P.R.I.D.E.) club hosted its annual talent show in the auditorium. The theme of this year’s talent show was Midnight in Paris, and students from all grades gathered to perform and compete in the showcase.

Talent show director and coordinator senior Larissa Martins said the purpose of the talent show was to have people share their most interesting talents and to enjoy themselves.

“Last year I worked with Bianca, the talent show director at the time, and I really enjoyed helping out with the show and organizing the event,” Martins said. “For me it was a great experience, so I decided to run for talent show director myself since I’m really passionate about P.R.I.D.E.”

Students from all grades participated and competed in the event as a panel of teachers evaluated the performances and chose first, second, and third place winners after the show.

“I was so nervous during the performance, but it was so much fun to be up there on stage,” sophomore Ana Perera said.

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