In a perfect world the teams we root for would win every game and be perfect year in and year out, but this isn’t a perfect world.
From the outside looking in the Griffons men’s and women’s basketball seasons may have looked disappointing, but if you take a deeper look it couldn’t be further from the truth.
The men’s team broke their streak of not making the conference tournament and did it in a tougher-than-usual MIAA conference. The team proved they can compete with anyone in the conference and could play the role of Cinderella at Kansas City.
The women’s team started the year with many unproven players and it showed in their non-conference schedule as they didn’t win one non-conference game. Once the conference season rolled around, the Griffons started to gel as a team and played better in conference. They have building blocks in place to be successful for years to come.
The men’s team will return many key players to next season’s team, as they are only losing Leonard Parker, Ken Goodwin and Lonnel Johnson. Replacing their production will be hard, but nothing the Griffons cannot handle. They will bring most of their core players back from a team that was a few plays away from being in the upper half of the MIAA.
The women’s basketball team is in a similar situation as the women’s volleyball team for they will lose no one from this season’s team. The women’s basketball team consists of only two juniors, while the rest of the players are either freshman or sophomores. The team has shown some fire recently, and is making a charge to play in the MIAA tournament. With players like Jessica Koch, Rachel Luteyn, Tierra Ford and many others, the Griffons have a solid foundation set to become a real contender in the MIAA for years to come.
I think Tom Petty said it best “Waiting is the hardest part.” It’s tough to watch a young team struggle, but it’s all part of growing pains that teams will experience. It’s also disappointing that the men lost many close games and in all reality are better than their record indicates. The men have already clinched a spot in the postseason and the women’s team controls their own destiny. In a perfect world the Griffon basketball teams would head to Kansas City as two or three seeds, but then again everybody loves an underdog story.