A season to remember

Laura Doughton, Online Editor

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The Reynolds varsity boys basketball team had a successful season this year. They were 7-3 in the conference, 22-7 overall, they won the conference championship and made it to the state playoffs.

They won four games in the state playoffs but ultimately lost to West Charlotte in the semifinals.  

When reflecting on the Demon’s season, lots of moments stand out. Beating long time rival Mount Tabor is one of them. Losing to Davie twice in the regular season, then beating them for the Conference Championship is another.

When head coach Bill Martin was asked what his favorite part of the season was, he responded, “being able to win the conference tournament and advance to the final four with a great group of players, managers and coaches.”

In the quarterfinals of the state playoffs the Demons played Myers Park. It was an intense game that saw Reynolds down 15 points at the end of the third quarter. Reynolds outscored Myers Park 33-14 in the fourth quarter and won 83-79. For sophomore Thomas White, the game against Myers Park will be hard to forget.

“There were a lot of great memories this season but beating Myers Park was special,” White said. The crowd was great and the game was a lot of fun.”

One thing is for certain, the Demons would not have gotten as far as they did if they did not have such a cohesive team.

“The players were high character individuals, hardworking, unselfish, enjoyed being around each other and very coachable,” Martin said.

The Demons had four players named All-Conference, Devin Ingram, Tobias Johnson, Caden Davis and Mysta Goodloe, who was also named Co-Conference Player of the Year. Tyriek Leach also received an All-Conference Honorable Mention.

The team strived to create an environment where everyone had fun and improved.

“The older players were awesome this season; they were excellent leaders and gave helpful tips on how to get better,” White said.

The Demons are losing five seniors, including starters Mysta Goodloe and Devin Ingram. With eight returning varsity players, next year’s team has a lot to live up to.

“This year’s success raises the bar and will require next year’s team to work harder to maintain and improve on this past season,” Martin said.

While the Demons are losing some key players, they are hoping to continue this year’s success.

“I’m hoping we can build off an excellent season,” White said.

Photos provided by Laura Doughton