AV Girls Basketball takes down Foothill on their senior night


Jocelyn Hsu

All members of the AV Girls Basketball team participated in the Senior Night, honoring senior players.

Jocelyn Hsu, Staff Writer

The Amador Valley Varsity Girls Basketball team honored their seniors with a victory on their Senior Night against Foothill with a score of 56-28.

“We did a great job honoring the eight seniors that we have. What I recognized most last night is how good we can be and we sometimes struggle to lose points because we’re not as focused as we should be. We had good success against our cross-town rival, we won ten games in a row with Foothill,’’ said Dan Sweeney, Head Coach of AV Girls Basketball team.

Although the Girls Basketball team usually has good performances in competitions with cross-town rivals, it is still challenging. Inputting a great amount of effort is always required. Players have to fix mistakes throughout the game to overcome obstacles.

“There were challenges in the first half, we weren’t playing as well as we could, we were up by seven points at halftime. I was frustrated because I felt like we were hurting ourselves with silly mistakes, but we really cleaned that up in the second half and ended up winning by 30 points,’’ said Sweeney. 

It is a great pride for all players scoring over their rivals. The team worked collaboratively even if they were already ahead.

“I am very proud of myself, it was a hard-fought game and competitive, and the whole team brought a ton of energy. I am impressed about how we stuck it up to the very end, and we didn’t give up even though we were ahead. The effort level is incredible,’’ said Riann Sarno (‘22), Guard/Captain of AV Varsity Girls Basketball team.

Riann Sarno (’22) singing the national anthem in the opening of Senior Night. (Jocelyn Hsu)

Since it is one of the most important home games of the season, players also tried hard to leave the season with no regrets.

“There were definitely lots of emotions because we were sad to see them go so we really wanted their last game against Foothill to be fun,” said Emma Baer (‘23), AV Varsity Girls Basketball team Center.

Despite the game having a smaller crowd than usual, the atmosphere in the gym was able to push our girls to victory.

“I felt like it was a really good game and I felt supported because it was a bigger crowd and audience, and it gave me more energy to play throughout the game and to play well. I felt like the team was much more into the game and all in all it makes the whole team feel supported by each other,” said Aviana Easterday (‘23).

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  • Ally Chan (’22) tries to make the goal while surrounded by rivals.

  • Dan Sweeney, the Head Coach of the Girls Basketball team, gives suggestions to the members and encourages them to try hard.

  • Gianna Ghio (’23) takes a free throw but didn’t make into the basket the first time unfortunately.

  • Aulani Leomiti (’22) focuses on the movement of the rival while running past by.

  • As a ball handler at the moment, Riann Sarno (’22) faces three rivals who got their eyes on her at the same time.

  • The enthusiastic team cheers each other up to bring confidence.

  • Arissa Leomiti (’22) did her throw-in under the rival’s distraction.