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Sports Spotlight: Girls Basketball

This Sport Spotlight is on Girls Basketball. Coach Brad Burden nominated sophomore guard Grace Denis and junior center Hailey Crisp. Of Grace, Coach Burden said, “Grace has made the transition from JV to varsity this year, and through her hard work is emerging as one of our go to players with her shooting ability.” Of Hailey, he said, “Hailey has battled through an injury this year and has overcome a lot to be a major factor for us on and off the court.”

Read on for a Q&A with these players:

Grace Denis, sophomore, guard, second season/first at varsity, sixth year overall; House of Justice, Softball

Question: How did you get started playing basketball?
Grace Denis: I used to shoot around outside with my dad and brother when I was younger then decided to play for school. When I decided I liked it, I joined the Providence Academy team, which led up to me playing in high school.

Q: Coach Burden nominated each of you for your hard work, either in overcoming injury or moving up to varsity. What inspires you to put in the effort to improve your game or overcome injury?
GD: Knowing we are a young team inspires me to work harder because we all have to work harder for the future.

Q: What do you enjoy about PHS Girls Basketball?
GD: I enjoy being able to play with all my teammates and friends because a lot of us have played academy league with each other since middle school. So I enjoying playing with them and knowing I get to play more years with them.

Q: What are you looking forward to this season?
GD: Something I am looking forward to in the season is just seeing how we do at the end of the season and seeing all our work from the beginning to the end.

Q: What is a fun tradition the Girls Basketball team does that you look forward to continuing?
GD: A tradition I am looking forward to is going to Vincennes Camp with my team. It is a fun time playing games all day and hanging out with each other between games.

Hailey Crisp, junior, center, third season, 11th overall; House of Loyalty junior leader, Softball, Student Ambassador, Green Dot Club

Question: Coach Burden nominated each of you for your hard work, either in overcoming injury or moving up to varsity. What inspires you to put in the effort to improve your game or overcome injury?
Hailey Crisp: What inspires me is wanting to be a better player than what I was the day before — that could be by knowledge of the game, working hard to overcome injuries to get back to being the best player I can be, or just being a good teammate and helping them to be the best they can be as well.

Q: What is your favorite part about being a Pioneer?
HC: My favorite part about being a Pioneer is hands down the family atmosphere and how everybody lifts each other up and knows almost everyone personally.

Q: What do you enjoy about PHS Girls Basketball?
HC: PHS Girls Basketball is great about leadership and working together as one. I’ve enjoyed learning from the players before me and being a leader for the underclassmen who might have been nervous coming in and being someone they can talk to. Also being able to go out a see other schools and the differences between ours and theirs is very cool to see.

Q: What do you enjoy about playing basketball in general?
HC: My favorite thing about playing basketball is the sheer joy it brings me, including being able to step on the court and help my teammates win and seeing the joy on our faces when we succeed and being able to be a leader and work together for a common goal.

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