The day before the first Varsity Girls basketball practice, Rebecca Thompson was involved in a serious skateboarding accident that left her with multiple wounds, taking her out of the season before it even began. During Christmas break Anna Caroline Griffith underwent ankle surgery that kept her off the court for the rest of the year. Mackie Benson suffered a concussion that did not allow her to play the last five games of the season. These ladies were injured so seriously that they were not able to play the sport they loved, but there were many other members of our team forced to play despite injuries-Olivia Godfrey, Marianna Hinton, Collins Mills, Makayla McDaniel, and myself. Having the majority of the basketball team injured was tough, but we learned to work together and encourage each other to push through the pain. This season really helped me learn the true meaning of perseverance. In the final quarters of the game when I was exhausted and didn’t think my body could take another step, I was continually impressed by all of my teammates’ hard work. I am extremely proud because they always gave 100% no matter the situation. During this long and physically trying basketball season, I learned the true meaning of hard work, diligence, perseverance, and how to rely on God at all times. I believe that the Varsity Girls team really embodied James 1:12 which states, “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” Our team was definitely tested with trials because it was our first year as a Varsity team and all the other teams we played had far more experience. We endured a tough season his year, but we pushed through and hopefully we will be more successful next year!