Varsity girls basketball knocks out Mercy during senior night (2024)

Alison Yang

Seniors Masha Velikhovskaya, Claire Miao and Isha Kotalwar hold their posters for a photo. The seniors were gifted flowers and posters from their teammates and families.

The varsity girls basketball team crushed Mercy 60-29 during their senior night game on Feb. 13.

Before the match, the team held a ceremony to honor their three seniors: guard Isha Kotalwar, co-captain and guard Claire Miao and team manager Masha Velikhovskaya. Head coach Daniza Rodriguez gave a speech and the seniors took photos with their families. Members of the audience wrote notes commemorating the seniors’ basketball careers.

“I feel like this is a celebration not just for me, but also the whole team,” Masha said. “I’m very thankful they put in so much work this year, and that we were able to all celebrate together. It’s very full circle to go from the giving end to the receiving end.”

Harker won the tipoff, taking an early lead with co-captain and guard Isabella Lo (11) and Claire M. making layups. The Eagles continued to control the game, and with a minute left on the clock, co-captain and center Emily Mitnick (11) scored a layup to bring the score to 25-4. The quarter ended with Harker leading 28-10.

“I had a pretty nice quarter,” Claire M. said. “One thing I always tell my teammates is that though the other team can come back, the most important thing is having that hot start and bringing that energy at the beginning of the game. It was something that came to fruition on our senior night.”

The Eagles continued to dominate in the second quarter, with Claire Yu’s (10) 3-pointer bringing the Eagles’ lead to 34-10. Forward Selena Chen (9) brought the score to 42-13 with another 3-pointer. With 19 seconds left on the clock, Isabella landed one more 3-pointer, ending the quarter 45-15 to Harker.

“It felt really surreal to play in the senior night game especially because it’s one of our last ones, and basketball has been a really big part of my life for the past three years,” Isha said.

The third quarter began with Claire M.’s pass to center Sanika Das (9), who made a layup to bring the score to 47-15. Mercy scored a 3-pointer in return, and the quarter ended to Harker’s advantage at 52-18. The Eagles began the fourth quarter with a few, with Mercy gaining a foothold in the last few minutes, scoring four consecutive layups. The final score was 60-29 in Harker’s favor.

“I’ve been thinking about my legacy this season,” Claire M. said. “I want underclassmen to really look up to me, not just what I can do on the court but also as a person. I hope they can see me as what they try to be when they’re a captain, and when they’re a senior.”

With a 17-5 season record, Harker earned a first-round bye into the CCS quarterfinals. The team faced King’s Academy at home on Tuesday.

About the Contributors

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Jessica Wang, Co-Opinions Editor

Jessica Wang (11) is the co-opinions editor for Harker Aquila and the Winged Post, and this is her third year on staff. This year, Jessica wishes to cover a greater breadth of content in the articles she writes and publishes, as well as improve on her illustration and photography skills. In her free time, she enjoys making up new instant ramen recipes (influenced by her YouTube Shorts content) and playing with her cat (of which she is unfortunately allergic to, but loves all the same).

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Alison Yang, Co-A&E and Lifestyle Editor

Alison Yang (11) is the co-arts and entertainment and lifestyle editor for Harker Aquila and the Winged Post, and this is her third year on staff. Alison is looking forward to getting to know more people and working on photography. She also likes to hang out with her cat Schrödinger, play Russian Fishing 4 and watching bad movies.

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Kinnera Mulam, Winged Post Co-Editor-in-Chief

Kinnera Mulam (12) is the co-editor-in-chief of the Winged Post, and this is her fourth year on staff. This year, Kinnera hopes to get to know all the new reporters and create fresh designs for the Winged Post. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, trying new snacks and bothering other staff members.

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