Webster County packed into its high school’s gym Wednesday to show support for a group of girls who accomplished what no other team has in 20 years.
“It’s amazing that we get to be able to bring our community together, and just see all the support that they give us,” said Webster County High School senior, and Lady Trojan small forward Jamie Winstead. “Like, none of us have been alive since it’s happened. So it’s just amazing.”
Bound for the Sweet 16 in Highland Heights, the current iteration of the Lady Trojan basketball team is a special bunch on and off the court.
“I just think the chemistry of them, the togetherness, they’re a tightknit group,” Head Coach Brandon Fisher said of his team’s success.
“We’ve worked so hard this past year,” Winstead said. “It feels like we’re always practicing almost, but seeing all this hard work pay off, it’s just great.”
Before the team’s departure, the community, excited at the prospect of a state title, went a little nuts. Even the county’s judge executive Steve Henry, who declared March 7th Webster County Lady Trojan Day.
“It’s just a great day to be a Webster County Trojan. Myself was one several years ago, but you know, today, we’re all a Webster County Trojans,” Henry said.
While the enthusiastic sendoff, fire truck escort included, is much appreciated for players and coaches, both are staying focused on the ultimate goal.
“A lot of effort and a lot of defense, and hopefully we can make some shots, and hopefully we can just do our best up there,” Winstead said.
“Just go up there and enjoy the experience, but also at the same time, believe you’re not done. You don’t want to celebrate early, because there’s more work to do,” Fisher said.
(This story was originally published on March 7, 2018)