Kalyn Ford ‘17
The beginning of February marked the end of Mercy’s 2015-2016 basketball regular season. On February 2, the team played their last home game against the MND Cougars. This is also known as senior night. If you follow the team, you know MND is one of our toughest competitors, so you can only imagine how big of a night it was.
Before every home game, a varsity player hosts team dinner at their house. Senior Madi Link hosted it this night. “My favorite part of team dinner was definitely the chocolate fountain,” said junior Maddie Haberthy.
As a member of the team, my favorite part was definitely the pregame. It all starts at halftime of the JV game when we go downstairs and get dressed.
Senior night might be for the seniors, but the juniors play a big part of it. A few days prior to the night, all the juniors got together and made signs to decorate the gym with.
In addition to decorating, we also came up with speeches for each of the seniors. They’re then read at the end of the game in front of the entire crowd. This part of the night was very emotional for mostly everyone. This was when all the tears started to fall and seniors began to realize that their days of playing on our home court in a Mercy uniform were over.
Each senior also receives a senior gift bought by players and parents. This year we decided to make a picture collage. Pictures included action shots and quotes that reminded us of them.
When asked about their favorite part of senior night, mostly all said they enjoyed spending time with the seniors at team dinner for the last time.
“I liked everything! I loved the speeches, the posters and decorations. They were awesome and the gifts were really cute,” said senior Lauren Huber. “My favorite part was seeing Hope Smith start,” said sophomore Holly Hilvert.
Junior Jennifer Ramsey said, “My favorite part was seeing the seniors play their last game, although we lost.’” Despite the tough loss, it was still a pretty special night for everyone, but now its time to get ready for the tournament! Come out and support your Mercy Basketball team as we take on Little Miami Saturday, February 13th.