Boys’ Basketball Team Falls in District Final

Christian Gardner

Christian Gardner, Sports Editor

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Hylton’s Boys’ Basketball lost in the District Final on Feb. 16 at the hands of the Potomac Panthers. The Bulldogs struggled on offense missing many shots and left points at the free throw line. Potomac took advantage of these missed opportunities, and were able to take control of the game. When the final buzzer sounded, the scoreboard read Potomac 79, Hylton 48.

The Bulldogs continued to fight throughout the game even though defeat seemed inevitable to some in the gym. The team did not give up on each other; they fought for rebounds, loose balls and created shots.

The Bulldogs showed class in defeat. Coach Barry Smith made it clear he wanted the Bulldogs to stay for Potomac’s trophy presentation. The Bulldogs all shook hands and congratulated the Panthers on a well played game. After giving his all for his team, senior William Norwood, showed great sportsmanship by applauding Potomac when they were recognized as the 2018 District Champions. 

Although the game did not go Hylton’s way, they played a great game. Senior Savannah Winstead said that the team “Fought to the very end, and you could tell that they were very devoted.”

The team now is in a win or go home scenario to advance in the regional tournament. They take on Colgan Sharks Feb. 21.