Members of the Belles varsity basketball team recently shared with Arkansas Catholic the highlights and challenges they have experienced as a team and the friendships they have formed after growing up as rivals in the parochial basketball league.
This column was first published in the Jan. 20 edition of Arkansas Catholic.
No ‘I’ in team: Mount seniors’ bond endures adversity
Four years ago, Payton Grice, Anne Moellers, Abby Bingenheimer and Sarah Sagar walked into the Mount St. Mary gym for their first basketball practice.
It was summer before freshman year and, with the exception of Bingenheimer and Sagar who grew up in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in North Little Rock (Marche), none of them wanted anything to do with the other.
It’s amazing what off-season workouts can accomplish. Run enough lines, lift enough weights, withstand enough of Coach Lauren Ramsey’s blistering sermons and it changes you. And in the case of this foursome, that bond has been unshakable.