The girls basketball team at Philadelphia’s Neumann-Goretti High School is slicing through the competition as it chases the school’s first-ever state title.
The Saints — the top-ranked team in the country — are 28-0 after winning the Catholic League Championship, the Philadelphia Championship and their first state playoff game.
“We conquered our first season, we conquered our second season, and now we’re on to finishing our unfinished business from last year,” said first-year head coach Andrea Peterson.
The Saints reached the state title game last season but lost. It was the team’s only defeat.
This season, the talent-rich squad is determined to put that unpleasant history behind it for good.
“You can’t lose two times in a row. It’s wrong,” said senior forward Christina Aborowa.
Senior shooting guard Sianni Martin couldn’t agree more. Taking home a state title is practically all she thinks about these days
“I don’t think I ever wanted something so bad when it came to basketball,” said Martin. “This is what I prepared myself and my team for all year long.”
On Friday, the Saints will face Dunmore High School during the quarterfinals of the state playoffs.
They won their last game 56-21.
“We’ve got our swag[ger] back,” said Peterson.
The team hopes that will translate into making history.