By Tavonta Hilton, Editor-in-Chief, and Janise Jackson, Sports Writer

Photos by Mr. JG “Jaz” Outen, Special to the Sword and Shield

This season for the Lady Raiders’ Basketball Team is one that is unforgettable. The Lady Raiders finished off their season by advancing all the way to 2A Championship. The journey to make it this far wasn’t easy.

“I feel that we accomplished a lot, and we played as team; also it’s a feeling that I want to feel next year,” Sophomore Kiera Robinson said.

During the regular season, the Lady Raiders were defeated by Eau Claire and Columbia High. They were still able to advance to the playoffs. The teams that the Lady Raiders competed against gave them a run for their money.

Then when the Lady Raiders found out they advanced to the Upper State Playoffs, they were ecstatic. When they found out Columbia High School was their opponent, they were heart-pounding nervous considering the fact that they were defeated twice in the regular season by Columbia.

Surprisingly, the Lady Raiders pulled through and defeated the Columbia Capitals with a score of 31-25.

“I felt great because it’s the State Championship, and I’ve personally never made it this far,” Sophomore Daisha Eddy said.

At the 2A State Championship game, the Lady Raiders were defeated by Timberland High School, but the Raiders gave them a rough time.  Junior Jocolby Brown saved the team by making the last minute shot and tying the score up 45-45. The game finished in an overtime score of 53-48.

“I know that we will work hard and try our best to do it again next year. To improve myself and the team, I am going to be the leader on the court and work very hard in practice,” Robinson said.

The Lady Raiders have come a very long way this season, but without the Keenan Raider fans and the support of their parents, the Lady Raiders wouldn’t have made it this far.

“I hope we will make it this far and find another defensive player like Tia ‘Senior’ Rankin,” Eddy said.

The radiant Lady Raiders will have the chance to advance to the championship next year and take home the title as the 2A State Champions.

The Lady Raiders, coaches, administrators and supporters assemble for a final portrait after the team was defeated 53-48 by Timberland High School.
Senior Tia Rankin proudly led the Lady Raiders to the Championship. With Rankin heading off to college in the fall, the team is looking for someone else to step up and fill her considerable shoes.