Lady Panthers Do Principia Proud
Earning their second back-to-back District and Sectional championships and State quarterfinal appearance, the girls’ varsity basketball team unified the entire Principia School community and fueled excitement throughout their impressive 26-4 season that ended in March. The season included an 18-game winning streak and an undefeated run to gain the Metro League championship.
Following the team’s hard-fought 65–54 loss to the Hallsville Indians at the Class 3 State quarterfinals in Hannibal, MO, on March 10, the coaches and many fans had nothing but praise for the prowess and poise demonstrated by all the team members. (Watch a video about the team.)
Topping off a great season for the team as a whole were many notable individual achievements. Two of the seniors achieved and soared past the 1,000-career point mark: Liz Gilman is now the School’s all-time leading scorer with 1,180 points, earning the last 30 of those in the State quarterfinal game alone; and Kara Johnson, who scored her 1,000th career point in the winning game of the District Championship over Whitfield, ended the season with 1,038 career points.
Both Gilman and Johnson have been named to the Missouri Class 3A All-State Team and to the All-District and Metro League teams. In addition, Gilman was unanimously voted Missouri Class 3A Player of the Year by the Missouri Coaches’ Association, and Johnson earned District Player of the Year. Both girls had earlier been named to the 1st Team All-Conference.
Sophomore Alli Ball was also named to the 1st Team All-Conference and to the All-District Team. Senior Spencer Randolph was named to the 2nd Team All-Conference, and junior Rachel Perea received an Honorable Mention All-Conference. Johnson and Hannah Towle were named to the Academic All-State Team.
Congratulations to the Lady Panthers and Coach Shad Nichols (a Metro League Coach of the Year finalist) for representing Principia so well this season, both on and off the court!