That’s how coach Amy Emerald will remember this season’s varsity girls basketball team.
The roster filled with youth, including three freshman, played their way to a 10-2 season and a Mother Lode League co-championship title.
But Thursday night, their post-season run was cut short by Foothill.
The Mustangs were the No. 1 seed in the CIF Sac- Joaquin Division IV section.
Going into the game, Emerald knew they’d face a speedy, hard charging opponent with “in your face pressure.”
The final score was 76-63.
But that wasn’t indicative of how close the game really was, said Emerald.
With about three minutes to play, the margin was just four points.
Then came the barrage of made free throws as the Wildcats were forced to foul to stop the clock.
The Mustangs would go nine of 11 from the line in the fourth on their way to the round two win.
“We played hard from start to finish,” said Emerald. “They kind of shot the lights out and we hung the entire game. We went out there and played our hearts out.”
That’s exactly what Emerald has come to expect.
The Wildcats will lose two seniors. Haylie Santos, who will play volleyball at Columbia College next year.
And Caitlin Baker, who has had interest from several schools’ basketball programs, said Emerald.
“Caitlin had another amazing game,” said Emerald.
She led scorers with 24 points, including three three-pointers and 10 rebounds for a double double. Santos had eight points. Freshman Jessica Berry had six points
Junior Shanece Garrett had a productive night with 19 points.
Sophomore Ainslee Shuemake had four points and eight rebounds.
Emerald said the future looks bright for Wildcat basketball.
“These last two games were great experience for them,” she said. “They’re a great group of girls who are willing to learn and get better.”