Lady Jays’ road to 16 in a row
Thursday, 14 March 2013 16:48
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 March 2013 16:56
Banners and trophies are a major storyline for the Central Catholic girls basketball program. They have won multiple championships and hold several state records.
But those accolades don’t reveal the entire story.
While Central Catholic has evolved into one of the most dominate programs in the state over the past decade or so, their road to glory didn’t have such a glorious start.
However, it was their beginning, which became the foundation for a rock-solid program.
Back in the 1987-88 season, Central Catholic debuted a new sport — girls basketball. Like any new program, it was bound to have its growing pains. And the Lady Jays certainly did as Central Catholic went winless in its first two years of existence.
“We were all excited about playing. It was really rewarding, but really challenging too,” said GACC faculty member Jodi Disher, who was a junior on the first-ever Lady Bluejay team.
“Most of us hadn’t dribbled a ball or did much shooting. So we just had to start with the basics and take baby steps. Now they’re doing those baby steps in second and third grade, and we were doing them our junior and senior year.”
Central Catholic made its girls basketball debut on December 5, 1987 against Winnebago, a game in which resulted in an 80-31 setback.
Their goal heading into that game was to score 25 points. They accomplished that, but the rough patches continued as the Lady Jays went 0-15, including a 100-6 setback to Battle Creek, a team that won state titles in its previous four seasons.
Blowouts were normal in year one for Central Catholic as the average margin of defeat that season was 47 points.
“There were times when we thought about quitting. We were like ‘is this all worth it?’ Yet, we stuck it out, and we kept doing our best,” Disher said. “Even though we weren’t winning, we all had fun. That’s what got us through it. We enjoyed the game enough to keep going."
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