Lady Trojans are sectional champions in successful season


Grayson Joslin

In her first season, Coach Molly Swift has turned a 3-5 start on the season into a sectional championship for the Lady Trojans.

On February 4th, the Lady Trojans defeated the Hamilton Heights Lady Huskies 39-31 to capture their 19th sectional championship and their 2nd in 3 years. The championship comes after an eventful season full of highs and lows, and a new coach at the helm. Molly Swift played for the Lady Trojans in high school and teaches 7th grade math at New Castle Middle School. In May, she was hired to be the new coach of the girls basketball team.

“The thing I can say that I have learned about the most is that it is so much more than coaching a game.” Coach Swift remarks on her first year on high school coaching and what she has learned from it. “I don’t think everyone judges a good coach by wins and losses, but rather how they coach and the attitude they have and the bigger life lessons they teach.”

After a sluggish start to the season, the Lady Trojans came alive in the month of January, winning six straight after defeating teams such as Beech Grove and Mount Vernon. “The girls have such a drive to be successful. We tell the girls there is a standard for everyone and you are expected to meet that standard.” Coach Swift said about the team’s dominating end to the regular season.

“I think our greatest attribute is how we always have each other’s backs. When someone makes a mistake or misses a shot we don’t let them get down on themselves, and we keep each other heads up,” Sophomore Molly Alspaugh said. “We’ve been putting in hard work at practice each and every day.”

The Lady Trojans then defeated Blackford, Jay County and finally Hamilton Heights to secure the Sectional Championship on February 4th.

“The team came together and worked hard, it was well deserved. We couldn’t have done it without each other, our coaches, or the fans,” Freshman Karsen Morgan said.

The Lady Trojans season came to a sad end on February 9th at Columbia City when New Castle lost to the Angola Lady Hornets in the morning game of the regional tournament.  The Lady Trojans end the season 16-10.

However, basketball is just more than the sets and the screens. For the Lady Trojans, it is about family. “I have enjoyed watching girls who were upset about playing time, come together and contribute to the team and make the team better.” Coach Swift commented on the close bond of her players. “It’s not only the players on the court that make the game–it is each and everyone who makes a success story.”