In the heart of January, every Christian Brothers student awaits for the annual basketball showdown between our very own Lady Falcons and the Saint Francis Troubadours. Our Lady Falcons have prepared all year for this crosstown rivalry, and although it is not a season defining game, this victory brings pride and spirit to the Falcons […]
In the heart of January, every Christian Brothers student awaits for the annual basketball showdown between our very own Lady Falcons and the Saint Francis Troubadours. Our Lady Falcons have prepared all year for this crosstown rivalry, and although it is not a season defining game, this victory brings pride and spirit to the Falcons nest.
When the time came, our Christian Brothers students arrived at the home of the Troubadours eager to cage the zoo. Hopes and spirits were high, ready to cheer on our basketball superstars. However, our fellow students did not experience the same pressure and intensity as senior basketball player Chance Sims (‘19), as she lead the Falcons to a 46-40 victory.
As the only senior basketball player, Chance held a lot of pressure on her shoulders days before the big game. Chance’s pregame rituals were essential before this important match.
“I make sure that I hydrate really well during the days leading up to a game. I also make sure I eat really healthy, and I cut out any sugars or processed foods that are in my diet”.
Not only did Chance change parts of her diet to make sure she was game day ready, she also tried to calm her nerves.
“I also just try to relax before and do things like watch TV so that I’m not thinking too much about the game or making myself nervous”.
During the game, Chance was able to leave all of her nerves behind, and play ferociously in her last Holy Hoops game.
“I just tried really hard to lock in and focus. During the first half, a lot of my shots weren’t really falling, so I knew that during the second half I really needed to focus on finishing my free throws and layups as well as getting some of my teammates some looks”
The zoo was roaring with excitement during this close game, but even their signs, cheers, and animal costumes did not get in the way of our Lady Falcons.
“To be honest, I don’t really notice the student section when I am playing,” Chance says. “It’s all just mumbled noise and I don’t hear specific chants”.
The crowds were both riled up as the score was bouncing back and forth. Controlling the crowd was a heavy task for senior Falcon Force leader AnnemarieBarbour (‘19).
“When the environment becomes hostile, Falcon Force tries to enforce positivity,” she says. “It isn’t easy to stay energized all the time, but as long as we keep a good image for people to follow, the environment is typically easy to change”
The Saint Francis zoo in no way, shape, or form had an impact on the Christian Brothers Falcons mojo in the sea of blue. Annemarie and the other Falcon Force leaders kept the Falcons loud and proud as our basketball champions kept their eyes on the prize.
“I think the rivalry of other schools makes the CB student section that much more involved,” Annemarie says. “It makes the game fun and exciting and everyone wants to be apart of the cheering”
Once again, our Lady Falcons fought hard and conquered the Saint Francis Troubadours. The bleachers were bouncing as the big blue sea stormed the court as Chance went out with a bang winning her senior year Holy Hoops.
The Lady Falcons are eager to continue their success throughout the season as they look to win a third straight section title.
“We are mostly taking it one game at a time. We have a couple of league games coming up that we are really prepping for such as the Sac High and Vista game,” Chance says. “We are really trying to focus on executing well against better teams so that we are prepared for playoffs”.