HUDSON — At this point last season, Fivay High School’s girls basketball team had already finished winning games for the 2016-2017 campaign.
Sitting at 3-13 heading into the winter break, the Falcons ended up losing their final nine games. Fast forward a year later and Fivay is in a totally different direction heading into the second half of its season.
The Falcons are 11-2 under first-year coach Scott Love, who has already changed players’ mind-sets. Senior captains India Lewis and Calese Scott see major differences with the club and believe they can potentially reach the state playoffs this season.
"As long as we bond together like a family, I feel like we can really do anything," Scott said.
"I feel like we are a very underrated team," Lewis added. "We all just have to work hard together and we can really accomplish anything we set our minds to."
Lewis has been a big reason why the Falcons have made the complete turnaround from the district basement to contending for the No. 2 seed in Class 6A, District 8. The point guard is averaging a team-high 21.5 points and leads the team in assists (57) and steals (83).
"India (Lewis) is lights out," Love said. "She’s one of the best players in the area. Regardless of playing in Pasco, Pinellas or Hillsborough. She controls the tempo of games."
Scott is coming off of a strong offseason that saw the forward tirelessly work on her craft and the time put in has certainly has equaled into results. The senior is second on the team in scoring (11.2 ppg), assists (17) and steals (37).
A rematch with Class 6A-8 leader River Ridge looms for Fivay next week after the schools are back from winter break with the Falcons looking to avenge a 66-25 loss from back on Dec. 1. The Royal Knights are undefeated at 11-0, but the Falcons feel they’ll be ready for the second go-around.
"(River Ridge) is a really good team and we’re a really good team," Lewis said. "We just have to go out there and not do what we did the last game."
What the Falcons did in that game was shoot 22 percent compared to River Ridge’s 57. The Royal Knights also had three players in double-digit scoring — including Jayde Doucette with a season-high 24 points.
Lessons learned in the new year? The Falcons will find out Tuesday.