The 2012-13 season has finished and our post-season workouts have begun. In the words of Coach Booth, “Today’s another day to get better”.
We headed to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament as the 8th seed. We faced the No. 9 seed Manhattan College Jaspers, a team whom we split the series earlier in the season. The MAAC tournament is the best time of the year in my opinion. There is a high level of competitiveness and intensity. Every single team wants to be cutting down the net after the championship game and head to the NCAA tournament. No game is an easy game to win and on any given night, anyone can beat anyone. The Jaspers are a team whose primary defense is a 1-3-1 zone. In order to be successful, you need to shoot extremely well from the perimeter or be able to get the ball into the post. We did not shoot poorly and we played our tails off, but in the end, we could not walk away with a win. We wound up losing on a heart-breaking buzzer beater. Walking into the locker room after the game was just devastating. To see the look on the seniors’ faces, knowing that their collegiate basketball careers were over, was one of the worst sights I could ever witness. It made me realize that I only have one more year here at Loyola, and that time flies, even when you don’t want it to.
Post season has not been easy. We have had lifting and conditioning nearly every day, as well as an individual practice with the coaches once a week. By 8pm, I am ready for bed because my body is thoroughly exhausted.
One day, we were told to run/slide/ bunny hop up and down the bleachers holding heavy medicine balls. It was difficult, but fun and different at the same time. I’m excited to see the outcome of all of the hard work we are putting in now. The offseason is the time to improve. It’s the time to get in shape, improve your skills, and get stronger. We all want to enter the Patriot League next year with a bang.
Easter Break is about to begin in a few days and I cannot wait to see my family (I’m sure everyone is excited to be going home). This is actually the first full break the team has gotten all year. The coaches were nice enough to let us go home and come back with the other Loyola students, having Thursday through Monday off. It’s going to be so weird being home for so long! Especially since I spend the summer working at school, so I don’t get a lot of time at home.
I was able to capture a lot of footage of the team on away trips, so hopefully I will be able to make a recap video of our season soon. Steph Smith offered to give me a hand because she has done something similar before. I think it will be cool to show everyone what the team experiences on the road.
The spring sports are just beginning their seasons, so make sure you follow and support the Loyola Greyhounds!