No sixth man

Girl's basketball seeks more support

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Langston McHenry

Senior Finess Dickson, junior Aireal Dickson and senior Nadia Green wait to be announced.

Haleigh Porter, Sports writer

The girls basketball team harbors some of H-F’s most talented and reputable athletes, a couple of them with commitments to schools like Arizona State, Memphis, Mizzou, and more.
However, their achievements are routinely overshadowed by male sports despite a dominating winning record.
Senior Finess Dickson, a University of Memphis commit and three star recruit according to ESPN, shared her thoughts.
“Media and fan support is important to us but it’ll come and go with success. Right now, the only people we truly need support from is ourselves because at the end of the day, we’re playing for each other,” Dickson said.
The girls’ record this season was an impressive 20 wins and only three losses, all of those coming to nationally ranked opponents. Their season ending loss came to No. 1 Montini, who is currently undefeated.
Athletic Director Dan Vosnos had positive words for the team.
“I think the girls used the regular season very wisely, their goal [was] obviously to get back down to ISU and play in the State championship,” Vosnos said.
He went on to talk about the lack of support and a fix that the Athletic Department has been trying to implement for a short while.
“It’s a cultural issue amongst the sport, and all sports really. At our school, many of the students flock to the football games and the boys basketball games. We really have to get the Kedzie Krazies out. Here in our department we’ve tried to make a push to support other programs who don’t necessarily get the spotlight,” Vosnos said.
Sometimes that means getting other teams to come out in support.
“Sports such as wrestling and water polo, we’ve encouraged our sports programs to stop practice early and collectively as a team go support another program, maybe go sit in the crowd and watch the volleyball game and hopefully that will generate some school spirit,” Vosnos said

Senior Eva Rubin, another three star recruit, has committed to Arizona State University. She’s played on varsity all four years and felt strongly on the subject.
“It’s frustrating not to receive the same respect and attention as the boys programs here. Coach Smith has worked really hard to help us become a nationally ranked program and send Nadia, Finess, and myself to top basketball programs,” Rubin said. “This season we beat the number three team in the country with two McDonald’s All American players on it. If we were a boys’ team, everybody would be talking about it.”