The Seffner Christian Academy girls basketball team has won nearly two dozen games this season. But lessons learned in their two losses will pay off the most in the post season.
This is the year the Crusaders stand poised to win the Class 3A State Championship.
Junior guard Sabrina Whiting describes the intangible quality that makes this team great:
"I love the chemistry with this team. We're really close off and on the court."
Senior Tesh Hanson played for Riverview last season. She's the top scorer for the Crusaders, their top college prospect.
"This is my home. I'm happy to be back with these girls to be able to play with them, it's a blessing really, I love it," Hanson said.
Seffner Christian dominates most games. In fact, it's not uncommon for the Crusaders to hold opponents to single digit scoring. It's also not uncommon for girls on the lopsided losing end of these games to be reduced to tears.
Crusaders sophomore point guard Ally Parimore feels their pain.
"Oh it's awful, I feel bad. You can see it on their faces that they just hate it," she says.
Tesh adds: "We try not to make it like so bad like bragging rights and all of that. We try to keep it as Christian as possible in that part."
Head coach Greg Fawbush pushes his team hard in practice and in runaway games the Crusaders work hard on developing skills. Coach Fawbush considers the state championship unfinished business.
"This year's kind of like all the pieces have been put back together and we're just ready to make this final run for it," he said.
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