by Lauren Azcarate
This year, the Jeb Stuart Lady Raiders varsity basketball team has been invited to a holiday tournament. This tournament will be held in Maryland at the end of December. The games will take place in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland. The tournament will be two days long, and due to the long trip, they will stay for a night at a Holiday Inn Express.
During the tournament, the Lady Raiders will have to face many teams. Some of these teams include Severn School, Potomac School out in Mclean, and the first game they play will be played against Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. All of these teams are included in Jeb Stuart’s bracket. These are the only teams that the Lady Raiders know they will face in Maryland.
Coach of the varsity Lady Raiders, Brandon Sutphin, shares that there will be no special practices in preparation for the tournament. “Just practice as usual.” Sutphin shares. Apart from the logistics of the trip, the varsity team will prepare every day in practice. They will also prepare by working hard in their frequent games.
Sutphin shares that he would like to gain a lot of team bonding experiences from this trip. He wants for the girls to be closer and work together better as a team. He also shared what else he would like for the Lady Raiders to gain. “A better team culture. To bring all the girls together and give them a good opportunity to get outside of the community. Allow them to spend some time together in hopes that they will get closer as a team which will improve our on-the-court performance.”
Stuart has faith that our Lady Raiders will do well and work hard in their tournament’s games. We know that they will do their best to work as a team and be a much closer group of girls when they return. Have stronger team relationships will most definitely show in their game performances. Everyone at Jeb Stuart will be grateful for this experience that will better the varsity Lady Raiders as a whole.
The Stuart ladies work hard in their game, preparing for their tournament.
Photo taken by Elizabeth Sponaugle.