15 November 2011
This past month, the Concordia Middle School Girls Basketball team participated in their first basketball tournament, hosted by the United Nations School in Hanoi and came in second overall, bringing home the runner-up trophy. The Concordia girls showed fierce defense throughout the championship game and when the final buzzer sounded, the score was a mere 4-6, leaving the Concordia team only a single basket away from the winner's circle.
Amidst the end-of-game sweat, heavy breathing, and water guzzling there were smiles on the girl's faces- these ladies had come a long way. No one could imagine that the majority of these Concordia girls had picked up a basketball for the first time just a few months ago. The Concordia girls and boys basketball teams first started practicing as a group in late September- a mere five weeks after the first day of school when most of these students met for the first time.
The girls basketball season started with a Hodgepodge of experience and with most of the girls never having played the game before in their life. It took a few practices to get the idea of dribbling while running with the ball but the girls caught on quickly and soon started scrimmaging against other international schools. With each consecutive game it was like seeing a rose in bloom- the girls’ talents and athleticism unfolded like they were meant to play the game from the start.
Their coaches, Coach Lia Garcia and Coach Patrick Frerking, were proud to see such improvement in the girls. “If this year is any indication of what is to come, we are looking forward to a great season next year, “ said Coach Lia. “The girls showed incredible dedication and really put the hard work into learning the sport- I think the Concordia girls team will be a force to be reckoned with next year....I can’t wait.”