Girls’ Basketball, Plagued by Inconsistency, Takes on Northwood

Coach Hobbs talks to the players during a timeout

by Aaron Jaffe ’21 and Jackson Hongtong ’21

The girls’ varsity basketball season has not panned out the way the team has planned from the beginning of the season. The uptempo style of play coach Tim Hobbs has employed has had mixed results during a 7-14 regular season. The season has been nothing short of a roller coaster, where the girls put together many stretches of wins and losses. The team starts their playoff run as the third seeded team in section two of the 4A North Region. The first game is this Friday on February 23 against Northwood, who Sherwood previously beat in the regular season 58-53. If they win, they then move onto Blair on Tuesday, February 27.

During recent struggles, Hobbs believes that the team has only grown since the start of the season. “The team has made positive strides this year as a unit and the girls have grown as individuals as well,” Hobbs said.

On December 15 against rival Magruder, Sherwood won the game 69-47 to tie their record at 2-2. Then Sherwood had another home game against Wootton and got the win in a thrilling overtime game 63-59. Just as things began to look up for the Warriors, they lost their next two games against James Wood and Springbrook. However, Sherwood was able to bounce back and win their next two games against Northwood and Kennedy to be placed for a 5-4 record. Unfortunately, the girls lost their next four, three at home, against Gaithersburg, Paint Branch, Blair, and Springbrook. After this disappointment, the Warriors continued their drought with going 2-6 in their next 8.

For the seniors that are playing their final games in a Sherwood uniform, Hobbs said, “It’s been a fantastic year for our five seniors, Amanda Orsborne, Emily St. Laurent, Heather Chidel, Michelle Levy, and Madison Bliss, and I can’t thank them enough for all they have given to the SHS girls basketball program. At this point in the season, all that matters is that we win and advance to the next round.”