The women’s varsity basketball squad landed the No. 1 seed in the Division II sectional tournament at Springboro High School and enters its second round match-up with Ponitz at 3 p.m. Saturday as CJ’s final winter feature team of the week.
The Eagles, led by a quartet of four-year varsity letter winners, finished the regular season as GGCL Grey North co-champions with a stellar 18-2 record. In four seasons of CJ basketball, senior captains Simonne Gage, Schaudon Herd, Raytea Long and Emily Michael have accumulated a career winning percentage of .758 (72-23), and held four consecutive league titles.
Before competing in their final postseason together, the girls shared their thoughts on the teammates, memories and moments each holds dear:
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HIGHLIGHT FROM THIS SEASON?
All: Winning on Senior Night to finish with Carroll atop the GGCL Grey North.
AND BEST MEMORY OVER FOUR YEARS?
Simonne & Schaudon: Beating Alter three times in one season junior year.
Raytea & Emily: Beating the No. 1 ranked team in the nation in a tournament in Arizona freshman year.
FINISH THIS SENTENCE: “BEFORE EVERY GAME, I…"
Emily: “Listen to my music, put on my uniform the same way and we all pray together. “
Raytea: “Jam with my teammates.”
WHAT WILL YOU MISS MOST ABOUT CJ BASKETBALL?
Simonne: “I’ll miss my teammates, our rituals, our traditions and our family. We have the strongest team chemistry.”
Schaudon: “I will miss being around the girls—our team is really close.”
All four will continue their athletic and academic careers in college:
Long and Herd have signed with Vanderbilt and Findlay respectively; Herd, however, will play soccer for the Oilers.
Michael has committed to play basketball at St. Bonaventure and will sign in April.
Gage also intends to play basketball at the collegiate level and is considering Akron, among other schools.
Tickets for Saturday’s game at Springboro will be on sale in the athletic office for $6 ($7 at the door) until 5 p.m. Friday.