The St. Joseph’s Academy basketball advanced to the semifinal round of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Girls Marsh Madness tournament. This marked the first time in school history that the basketball team made a semifinal-round appearance.
The #5 seeded Redstickers met #1 John Curtis on February 28, falling 61-15. John Curtis would go on to win the Division I championship, downing #3 Mt. Carmel Academy 55-24.
SJA advanced to the semifinal round after beating #4 Archbishop Chapelle 49-34 on the road on February 20.
Coach deLynn Stelly expressed pride in her team. “It was a great run while it lasted,” she said. “It didn’t end the way we wanted, but it was a great experience for our team and our program. I couldn’t be prouder of this team for their hard work through a long and rigorous season.”
Senior Julia Welsh said she and her five senior teammates worked with the coaching staff to devise a plan to maximize the team’s success. Their singlemindedness paid off. “Having a large group of seniors with a common goal played a key role in the success the team had throughout the season,” Welsh said. “From day one, the bond throughout the team, no matter the grade or age, was prevalent. It made every win more special and every loss easier to overcome. The time and effort we put in over the summer and throughout the whole season began to pay off as we entered the playoffs as a high seed. After taking down Chapelle in the quarterfinals, we returned to school the next day as the first SJA basketball team to make it to the semifinals. It didn’t sink in until we were bombarded with love and support from the teachers and students. This season was full of milestones: a new gym, an inaugural game, making history. Combined with dedication, teamwork and an overwhelming amount of support, it was a season I will always remember.”
Stelly said the graduating seniors will be sorely missed, “but I am looking forward to the road ahead. We would also like to thank everyone for their continuous support. It was so greatly appreciated.”