The Summerville High School girls basketball team got the best kind of surprise Sunday afternoon.
They found out they had been awarded an at-large spot in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) state championships.
A post-season they thought was over suddenly was alive again.
“To be honest it was kind of a surprise,” said Summerville High School athletic director Jennifer Osterhout. “They thought they were done and then you find out you advance.”
The Bears made it to the Division V section playoffs as the No. 4 seed.
Their round one game was a runaway win over Adams Academy, 75-25.
They lost by a mere two points to Mariposa in the second round, a game coach Greg Smith called a “heartbreaker.”
“These girls are extraordinary people,” said Smith after the loss.
That team characteristic will get another chance to be in the spotlight.
And Osterhout thinks the surprise berth has served as an extra motivation for the team.
They had some time off after the Mariposa loss, a chance to take a break mentally and physically.
That break has helped energize the team, Osterhout said.
“This week they’re practicing strong,” she said.
Summerville is seeded No. 11 in Division V. They’ll play No. 6 Durham. The Trojans were 8-1 in league and 24-5 in the regular season.
Summerville was 7-5 in league and 14-14 overall.
The game begins at 7 p.m. at Durham High School.