By Hayley Loe
As the hustle and bustle of the Red River High school athletics continues on during COVID-19 restrictions, the Red River High school girls Basketball season comes to a close after a season of new challenges.
Coach Antilley had this to say about the 2020-2021 season, “This season was one of our toughest seasons. With the new COVID guidelines that restricted games, we did not get to play as many games as we have in the previous years. We had at least 5 games cancelled due to quarantines or COVID scares. We also had a tough time with practices. We had some players that were virtual and some that were in class and trying to manage practice times, getting athletes to practice and home, and cleaning everything after practice to help avoid outbreaks made this year very different. However, this season we learned a lot about ourselves. In the past 2 years we have had four of our starting athletes sign with colleges to play basketball. This year we had to learn that we can still be successful. At the beginning of the year we really did not have confidence in ourselves and had a hard time finding ourselves with these key players. Within the most month these girls found themselves and realized they can accomplish their goals. I look forward to see what next year holds.”
Along with saying goodbye to one of the most difficult seasons the girls have had, the Red River Bulldogs are also saying goodbye to two seniors and their coach. “We will be graduating two seniors this year, one of which is my daughter and the other is like my daughter. I am so proud of these two young ladies. They worked hard this year and gave their all in everything they did. Night in and night out they left their hearts on the floor and I could not ask for anything else. This is not the end for these two, they will be playing college basketball next.
Also this is my last year coaching at Red River High and I would like to thank Mrs. Easley and Coach Prealow for first allowing me the opportunity to start coaching at Red River High School. I have enjoyed coaching here the past 8 years (10 years total). I would also like to thank Coach Picou, Mr. Dickey, and Mrs. Hughes for allowing me to continue to coach when they arrived in Red River Parish. Thank you to all my previous players and current players – I have enjoyed every minute of it! Finally thank you to the community that has support not only myself but my girls throughout the years.”