By Cloverleaf High School Journalism Staff
The Cloverleaf fifth- and sixth-grade girls basketball travel team was on a mission all season long. By the end, they accomplished all their goals -- and then some.
The girls competed in the Akron Springfield Youth Girls Basketball League on Sundays from November through January. The Cloverleaf Youth Girls Basketball team completed the regular season with a record of 8-0, and then parlayed that success into a championship on Jan. 27.
In the postseason tournament, they defeated Coventry by a score of 22-9 in the quarterfinals before taking down Southeast, 28-21, in the semifinals. The wins set up a final game against Mogadore in the championship.
The Colts ran away with a 33-13 win over Mogadore as Emma Hibler caught fire with 14 points to lead the Colts to the title. She finished with a three-game total of 28 points.
Saige Foky had a solid tournament with 21 points for Cloverleaf, while Merrin Crow pitched in 10.
The players on the team include fifth-graders Evie Barth, Alyson Croft, Crow, Addison Evans and Madison Young. The sixth-graders are Lydia Fike, Foky, Hibler, Mackenzie Seiwerth and Madison Singer.
The team is coached by CYGB Director Tera Seiwerth and assisted by Cloverleaf community member Lisa Foky.
“All the Cloverleaf staff would like to congratulate the young Colts on a great season,” Cloverleaf High School girls basketball head coach John Carmigiano said. “They represented our organization (CYGB) well, and were so much fun to watch. The future is bright and it continues on with this great group of girls!”