Great Mills Teammates Remember a Great Run

By Christy Goodman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 16, 2008

They may not remember the score or what team they played in their last game, but they remember that time when "Tyni" tripped on the court and dramatically urged them to get downcourt without her, and when "Tai" did a belly-flop on the hardwood floor because it was slick from being polished.

They are the Great Mills High School girls' varsity basketball team.

They laugh together and sometimes cry. They sing together. They leave the locker room together. They took down team after team to make it all the way to the Maryland 3A semifinals -- the third time in the school's history.

That's where their season ended Thursday night, with a 69-58 loss to Montgomery's Paint Branch High School.

Through this season and others before it, they have become like a family.

"We are sisters," said junior guard RyShawn Butler.

And, like family, they had their ups and downs, but they made it work for an impressive 24-2 show this season.

"We got so far. We were so close," said senior Ashley Lindsey, who played forward and guard. "Think of a coconut tree . . ." The team room erupted with laughter and taunts from her teammates. It lasted for several minutes before she could continue. "You climb the ladder [to reach the coconut], you get so close and it falls," Lindsey said.

Senior guard Megan Matheny said this season was something "a lot of people don't ever get to experience in life."

"We showed a lot of people what can be done," Matheny said.

The girls' record over the past two years is 46-5. Within their conference, it is even better: 30-2. Of the 12 regular season varsity players, seven were leading scorers for the team. There was no single superstar.

"I don't know of another team that can boast that," Coach Brian Weisner said.

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