Taking on the Sunshine State: Girls Basketball Tournament


Courtesy of Coach Brian Phillips

The team enjoying a beautiful day at the famous Universal Studios.

The girl’s varsity basketball team overall had a great experience at their long awaited KSA events tournament in Florida over the 2019 winter break. The team grew closer together and made several memories during their trip. 

The Lancers have hosted several fundraisers for the trip throughout the year. After much hard work, the team raised enough money “to have the cost of their trip less than half of what it was before,” sophomore Faith Norrell recounts. The team was now more excited than ever.

The team left after school on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, and returned home on Sunday, December 22, 2019. Norrell explains how the Lancers were hoping to achieve the goals of bonding as a team and getting comfortable in their roles.

Courtesy of the Lakeland Live Feed
The excited team checking in at the airport.

Throughout the tournament, the Lancers played Royse City High School from Texas and Broken Arrow High School from Oklahoma. Despite the disadvantage of versing two teams that were already in the middle of their seasons, whereas the Lancers have just started, Coach Brian Phillips said the Lancers “played hard, competed and did a lot of nice things in the games.”

Although the team lost the two games, Phillips is excited for the rest of the season. Phillips explains how the team growing closer throughout their Florida tournament benefits them for the rest of the season. The Lancers are currently 4-0 in their regular season.

While in Florida, when the team was not playing basketball, they were visiting famous Florida attractions. The team went to Epcot, Universal Studios, Magic Kingdom and had some holiday fun. 

Overall, the varsity girls basketball team had a great experience in Florida, and the Lakeland community should look forward to watching the team grow and improve throughout the rest of their season.