2019-20 was a dream season for the North girls basketball team. The Huskies won their 4th sectional championship in school history and the first since 2011.
"It was so amazing, the energy in the room right after we won was amazing," said North Senior Halee Hart. "Seeing our team come down from the court, because we always see Castle do it, to actually be a part of a team that had the opportunity to do that is like a once in a lifetime experience."
"It was a really good feeling," said North Head Coach Tyler Choate. "They worked hard for a long time for that and played really well at the end of the year, it was enjoyable to see them go through that process and go compete in a regional, that was a really good experience for us."
The girls basketball season was completed before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, so no postseason tournaments were cancelled, but with the uncertainty surrounding the fall sports season over the summer, players were worried their basketball season could be in jeopardy as well.
"That went through all of our heads really," said North Junior Kaylee Martin. "I think we just had to put that behind us and we had to work no matter what and if there was a season, that'd be great but if not, then we'd come back better for next year."
"I was very concerned there might not be a season," said Hart. "I play volleyball to so once that season started going and that started looking good, my hopes got higher for basketball. But I hope that we get to finish this year."
In order to have fans in attendance, EVSC decided that only family members would be permitted to watch games in person this season, which will be different from what players are used to.
"That's also going to be one of our really big challenges," said Martin. "What set us apart from Castle in that Sectional Championship was our student section and the atmosphere and so I think we're going to have to push through that as well, but I don't think it will be too bad."
"It'll be a little bit different," said Choate. "It's just kind of a challenge for them that I think they can kind of see it as adversity to overcome. As you saw in the NBA bubble, those guys played hard and competed with nobody there. So, it'll be interesting to see but I think we're ready for it."
With a fresh slate of games on the schedule, the team is ready to pick up where it left off last year and go on a deep postseason run.
"Something that I'm excited about is that, though we have lost a lot of players, just the chemistry that we have from battling through all the hardships that we've gone through this season," said Martin. "I think it's really brought us together and if we can't finish our season this year I think that it's going to affect our season next year and we'll come out really really good next year."