Germantown, Tennessee--March 15, 2018--In case you missed it last week, the Houston High School Varsity Women’s Basketball Team made it to the big state championship game—the first basketball team to make back-to-back trips to the championship level in Houston history—and were named this year’s runner up.
“We take great pride in creating a culture that brings the diversity of excellence and opportunities for our female athletes to reach their utmost potential,” commented GMSD Athletic Director Chad Becker.
Another highlight of the championship is the fine court work displayed by Jayla Hemmingway, who has been nominated by the Commercial Appeal as the "player of the state tournament". Readers can vote for Jayla in an online poll by clicking here
The season was exciting to say the least, for the Lady Mustang Basketball team. The team went undefeated in the district regular seasons, district championships, region championships, sectional championships and tournaments, with an overall record of 56-10 across two seasons. Last year, they made it into the Final Four and this year took second place at the state level. As the first Memphis area municipality to make it to the big championship game, Coach Ben Moore couldn’t have been more proud. "When you have the talented group that we have, it's exciting to watch the girls buy in to each other. This team has a large number of very talented players-- star players--and it's been great to watch the evolution of the team over the season. They have developed trust and belief in each other and I believe that is what carried us through games against some really tough teams. Taking this team with such individual talent and watching them get that buy in in each other, even though it takes sacrifice, has paid off."
The school got behind the team in new ways—including a packed spirit bus that transported students to the game and live streaming of each playoff on the big screen in the auditorium.
2018 has been a banner year for our Lady Mustangs across the board. Both the women’s golf and soccer teams took the state title (and soccer the national title), but both our volleyball and basketball teams also received the distinction of runner up in the big state championship games while cross country earned third place recognition. “We may be the only public school in TN to have had EVERY team [women’s] make it to the state championship,” said Becker.