The Mount de Sales girls basketball team has passed most of its tests this season with flying colors.
This week offers two more big ones.
The Lady Cavaliers have cruised to a 16-4 record, including 6-0 in GISA Region 2-AAA. They have a tough task this week, playing Tuesday at Stratford and hosting Tattnall Square on Friday.
“It’s going to be a test for us,” Mount de Sales head coach Mia Washington said. “We’re not overlooking the success we’ve had, and we’re enjoying it, but we have to take it one game at a time and not look ahead. We’re not going to overlook any game or any team. We’re going to play one game and then move on to the next one.”
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That focus has paid off in a big way for the Lady Cavaliers.
The highlight of the season came Jan. 17 when Mount de Sales snapped Arlington Christian’s 104-game winning streak with a 52-47 victory.
“It was insane,” Maggie Midkiff said with a laugh. “We were just so pumped up after the game, and we couldn’t calm down. Coach Washington came into the locker room and said, ‘Hey guys, I want you to enjoy this and live in this moment, but there are big games coming up, and we have to forget about it and move on after today.’ That’s what we’ve been able to do.”
Midkiff leads the Lady Cavaliers in scoring, averaging 9.9 points per game. Dana Rose is next at 8.5, while Madi Harrington averages 6.2.
Mount de Sales averages 49.4 points per game, while allowing just 34.2.
“We have a group of girls who are just like a family,” Midkiff said. “We’re just close, and we all get along so well. Coach Washington is just a great coach, and we love having her as our coach.
“Really, everything has just clicked.”
The Lady Cavaliers get a chance this week to see if they can keep that going against their two biggest rivals. Then there is a return game at Arlington Christian.
“That should be an interesting game,” Washington said of next week’s contest with the Eagles. “Our girls just keep working hard, and they play together very well. There are not a lot of individuals, but they play as a team. We see that in practice every day, and it comes out in the games, too.”