McNick’s basketball season prepares for tip-off

Basketball season is about to start for McNick. The Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team plays Monday, Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Mariemont, and the Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team plays Friday December 3 against Carroll at 7:30 p.m.

Tim Monahan, head coach of the Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team, said they want to build from last year’s success and go farther in the tournament at the end of the season. They’re anticipating their toughest opponent to be Huntington Prep, and their goal is to be a good team and to have the players to believe in themselves.

Monahan said, “The team interactions and bonding are the best things about coaching and also to achieve on the court.” Monahan added that he is “excited to build upon last year’s team and try to win state.”

Girls’ Varsity Basketball Coach John Blackwell said they “have a really good mix of girls experienced and new, and that they will be working really hard.” The women’s team hopes to improve as a team as the year goes. The women’s team goal is to get better and play the best game every game.  Senior Grace Cuntz says, “Our goal is to get over .500 and win most of our games especially against Badin.” Cuntz also predicts that they will do a lot better than last year. “Playing basketball at McNick has always been a fun environment for me” Grace Cuntz says. Senior Kaycie Badylak says, “I am really excited for the new coaching, and how the season will play out.” Badylak predicts that they will win the first three games of the tournament. Kaycie also says “I like being able to play with my friends and also multiple grade levels” is why she likes playing basketball at Mcnick.

The men’s team hopes that they will do better than last season. Senior Ben Smith said, “I like the Friday night games and the student section hype” is why he likes playing basketball at McNick.  Smith predicts that they will win state this season, and their toughest opponent is Huntington Prep. Senior Trey Gardner said, “I like the brotherhood that the teams supports, and how we take care of each other.” Gardner predicts that they will have to work hard throughout the season and come together as a team.

Girls’ basketball team practices after school to prepare for their game. Their first game is November 22 at Mariemont.

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