A winning season recognized: South Girls’ Basketball Team honored in Worcester

WORCESTER, Mass. — On the court their season was flawless, celebrations followed their unbeaten record.

The Worcester South girls basketball team never lost a game in their regular season and Thursday night they were acknowledged for their hard work by the City of Worcester.

“South High Basketball Team you are recognized for your undefeated regular season,” said School Committee member Molly McCullough.

The players were each given a certificate of recognition but they took no credit individually saying this was a team effort.

“If you don’t have teamwork you don’t have anything,” said Bryan Bascones who is a junior.

Her teammates agree and are proud the city recognized them.

“I’m very thankful that the city can see how hard myself, my team and my coaches have worked for us to have a perfect regular season,” said Naima Bleou who is also a junior.

Their coach said he could tell in the offseason there was something special with this team.

“The workouts we had. I knew we were going to have a great season,” said Diago McClain who is the team coach.

And even though they lost their two best players Coach McClain says younger ones stepped up.

But what McClain says he is most proud of is that while they played hard, they studied even harder.

“They started in the classroom. Without getting their GPA’s up and their schoolwork they wouldn’t even be on the basketball court. So, they were competitive on the court and in the classroom,” said McClain.

This team of young players will be back next year and expect to make another big impact.

“We are going to come back stronger, hopefully have an undefeated regular season and we’re going to look toward that state championship too,” said Jaiyla Colon who is a junior.

The team did lose to Foxboro in the state finals but say they plan to be back and better than ever.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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