The O’Bannon High School girls basketball team’s season came to an end Monday night in the first round of the MHSAA Class 2A state playoffs. For the record, the Lady Waves lost to East Webster 62-28.
But, despite the ending, O’Bannon coach Isaac Morris said there is still much to be positive about for his program going forward.
“This is the first time in seven years that we made it to the state playoffs,” said Morris, who just completed his second year at the helm of the Waves. “This is just something that is going to take time. You can’t rush it. When you are building what we want to build, you have to pace yourself.”
Morris noted that his strong junior class, led by Joyia Clark, D’aizha Landrum and Jaleah Morrris, will be back next year for their senior campaign.
Adding to the positivity for O’Bannon is two talented underclassmen in freshman Maleah Morris and eighth grader Charlisa Barney.
“We can see the potential in these youngsters, but we are bringing them along slowly. The biggest adjustment for me is in coaching an overall young team. It is just going to take time,” Morris said.
While the Waves’ future may be bright for Morris, he said he is also very appreciative to his senior leaders, Shayla Benson and Jada Shaw, who played their last game on Monday.
“They were our spark off the bench, and they were our spark defensively,” Morris said.