By John Conley
Westside’s state championship girls basketball team was honored with a banquet last Thursday night at the school.
“From day one (of basketball season), these girls kept their eyes on the prize,” said WHS Principal Deborah Marsh.
“They did it even when people didn’t think they could do it,” she added.
The Lady Renegades went 28-0 and capped their perfect season with a 49-46 win over Scott in the Class AA title game.
“They’ve worked so hard to make this school proud of them,” remarked head coach Jamie Lusk.
“I couldn’t have been blessed with a better group of girls,” he said. “They were always focused. When you come together as a group, this is what can happen.”
He thanked his family, assistant coaches, local businesses and expressed his strong faith.
Marsh told the assembly that staff members of the Charleston Civic Center came over to congratulate her after the title game and also praised the good behavior of Westside’s large cheering section.
“I’ll always be proud to be a Renegade,” said senior point guard Cheyanna Lusk.
Senior Kayla Adkins and freshman all-stater Hope Lusk also spoke briefly.
Marsh said the history-making team “will always be remembered as champions.”
A slide display, quotes from the players and black and several decorations covered the WHS commons area.
Tim Kennedy led the crowd in a “We are state champs” chant to close the celebration.