Basketball looks to repeat history

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Holding the UIL 5A state championship trophy, MVP of the tournament Jazzy Owens-Barnett and Kayla Pernis (left) stand outside the Alamodome after the Redhawks claimed the first basketball state title in Frisco ISD history. But the team didn’t get to celebrate the win when they got back to school as the COVID-19 pandemic forced all students to virtual learning just days after the state championship.

Harley Classe, Assistant Sports Editor

Hoping for a chance to secure their spot in the UIL 5A state championship final, the Redhawks girls’ basketball team takes on Lubbock Cooper High School in the state semifinals Saturday at 4 p.m. at Saint Mary’s University in San Antonio.

Following a week of practice preparing for Saturday’s game, the team feels fully prepared to take on the Cooper Fighting Pirates.

“I’m pretty confident and excited to play,” senior Maya Jain said via text. “Our expectations are to continue playing the way we have and just have fun together.”

In the state semifinals for the third year in a row, the Redhawks aren’t intimidated by the magnitude of the game. “The team we are playing is very similar to our team but we are confident in our capabilities and game plan,” senior Kayla Pernis said via text. “We’ve been in these types of situations for the past few years so we just need to treat this game like any other game.”

Although the team is looking for a victory, head coach Ross Reedy has a simple goal.

“Our goal is to just be a good version of ourselves,” Reedy said. “You know, it’s never been trophies for us. It’s always that we want to put a good product on the floor.”