The Rosarian Academy girls basketball team won its first championship in four years in front of a lively crowd in Rosarian’s Garvy Gymnasium on December 8. An atmosphere of excitement filled the air with Rosarian students, parents, and teachers echoing chants of “Let’s go Raiders!” from tip-off until the final buzzer, which took overtime to decide.
Rosarian jumped out to an early 7-0 lead over Palm Beach Day Academy in the first half, but over the course of the rest of the game, Palm Beach Day chipped away at the lead and tied the game with a little over a minute left. In overtime, Rosarian overcame the momentum shift and reclaimed its prior form, winning the overtime 7-0 and the game 23-16. The delighted Rosarian student section stormed the court and celebrated with their team as they hoisted the trophy in the air.
Led by Coach Bryce Jenkins, Rosarian Academy featured a balanced attack, with every player on the team contributing playing time. Eighth grade students Heidi Alcime, Ava Castro, Ella Ross Lang, Grace Molina, Annabelle Walsh, and Mercer Ward led the way. Sixth and seventh grade students Vivienne Angle, Tessa Brown, Gabby Fulton, Isabella Sprafka, and Whitney Ray were key contributors, as well.