At first glance the Philadelphia High School girls basketball team’s loss to Heidelberg in the first round of the District 5-3A tournament appears to be one of the team’s worst of the season.
However, considering the Tornadoes were playing without their five seniors due to violations of team rules, head coach Pashen Autry was pleasantly surprised by her team’s performance.
“Looking at what we did tonight, it’s our first time holding a team under 40 points,” Autry said. “It’s only freshmen, sophomores and juniors, so I am very proud of them. They played very hard tonight.”
Precious Sanders led the Tornadoes with six points, while Keyatta Moore chipped in four points. Autry said the win not only provided younger players with more playing minuets but also gave them an opportunity to play in a playoff atmosphere.
“They grew up a lot tonight,” Autry said. “They are used to having subs. They really showed me and themselves that they can do it this year. “
While the loss is not how Philadelphia planned on ending its season, Autry said the Tornadoes will have a lot to look forward to next year.
“I am very excited about the future,” Autry said. “We are going to be quick, were going to be smart and our basketball IQ is going to be higher. We are all going to come together, I’m excited about it.”