To say the Memorial girls basketball team has been on fire would be an understatement as the team is currently unbeaten.
"Last year when we lost in regionals, it was really tough and we just all remembered that feeling and what it felt like and none of us want to feel that again and so we just have that same mentality," said Memorial Senior Center Hope Lensing.
"I've got 7 seniors this year, and they are just very competitive and they don't take it for granted. Everybody says that every sport talks about it but nowadays it's more real because it could be taken away any time and I think they take that seriously and they just love to compete. They show up at practice and work hard. They show up at games, they just love to compete," said Memorial Head Coach Lee Auker.
Not only do the Tigers have a perfect record, they are winning games by just over 26 points per game, and their closest game was a 5 point win over 4A Fishers.
"We knew going into that game, like very game, that it was going to be very competitive, it was going to be a very hard fought game. So we just really made sure that with all of our effort we put in to just executing. We knew what we needed to do going into the game. We knew their key players and we knew how we needed to execute, so, from that game we learned that we can overcome the challenges we face as long as we just work together and execute," said Senior G/F Peyton Murphy.
"We knew that was going to be great competition and that those teams were going to be really tough, and teams that we've never played before, and so Coach Aucker prepared us and made sure we were ready for that game and we all went in confident and we played together and we got the win," said Lensing.
The team is succeeding all while being mindful of the fact that they must be extra cautious this year so as to not to ruin any opportunities to achieve postseason goals.
"Right now all of us know what's at stake whenever we go out and hang out with our friends and family outside of school and basketball. So, we just make sure that we are socially distanced, masks are on at all times and we plan to avoid all of those," said Murphy.
"We just need to work as a team and make sure everyone plays together as a team and support each other and believe in each other on and off the bench and if we do that then we can be unstoppable," said Lensing.