HOWLAND – For the first time since 1986, PVHS is practicing the week of the state championship.
“We talked at the beginning of practice, we talked about the game, and then he said the honeymoon is over and we need to start working again,” said junior Lexi Ireland.
The Howlers pulled down the nets at the Cross Center last Saturday night in a low scoring affair against Dexter, only their second regional championship in school history, and a win that inspired some serious emotion as it began to set in..
“When Laney [Harding] just wiped [the tears] away, I just felt like we worked as a team for that and we go it,” said Ireland.
Their road to a gold ball has gone through some stiff competition in the tournament but the road ends in a match up against a towering Boothbay team.
“We’ve seen some tough opponents all year and they trust the defensive rotations and trust each other, and that no matter who they play they have to adjust to us…” said head coach Nathaniel Case.
No members of this self proclaimed family are cowering away from the task in front of them.
“We had a lot of people doubt us and it just made the victories even better, I know these girls have my back out on the court and off the court,” said sophomore Emily St. Cyr.
Family has been the key to their success this season, with Case fostering a sense of self belief in his team that has set them apart from their competition down the stretch.
“This year I could really convince the girls that although I’m going to make you work your tails off in practice, it’s going to pay off…” said Case.