As the Lady Tigers’ basketball team traveled to Stafford to take on El Campo in the first round of the playoffs, the boys team began their last game of the season at home against Needville. The Tigers couldn’t end their season on a win as they fell to the district champions by a score of 66-38.
The loss marked Sealy’s eighth straight and pushed their final record in the district to 1-9. Despite what the record may show, Head Coach Ray Dabney said the team’s effort never wavered throughout the season.
“I’m very proud of the kids this season and the record does not reflect their efforts,” he said. “These kids fought hard every game no matter how bad they were down.”
Dabney said most of the games, the team just ran out of gas down the stretch which is evident by several games they were either winning or down by a narrow margin in the first half that later ended up being blowouts late in the season.
The team will have a very different look next season as the current varsity roster consists of seven seniors. A few of the key returning players for the Tigers will be A.J. McGee, Clay Roberts and Reece Novicke among others.
“These kids really improved as the season progressed and I learned a lot from them and I am really excited for the future,” Dabney said. “I got to know them throughout the season as students and they’re going to go on and do some really special things after they graduate from Sealy.”
Dabney said some of the team’s struggles came from implementing a new system on the court and said he is confident if he had the same team this year with a year’s experience under their belt, they would be a tough opponent.
“They worked hard throughout the season and it really made me proud of their efforts,” Dabney said.