Seniors reflect on abrupt end to season
Nothing can prepare you for a season ending the way it has for thousands of student-athletes across the country. In the case of the fourth-ranked Hastings College women's basketball team, most minds went to the six seniors on the roster.
Battle tested, veteran leadership and great coaching. The Broncos had the makings for a deep run in Sioux City but before they could step on the court the tournament was canceled.
"I think we were all a little shocked and devastated to have our season end like that," Senior Forward, Gabby Grasso said.
"There's really nothing to prepare you for it ending like that," Senior Guard, Shandra Farmer said. "I think it was just really emotional and didn't really know how to handle it right off the bat."
The Broncos had six seniors on the roster (Shandra Farmer, Emma Grenfell, Sophia Pankratz, Gabby Grasso, Casey Dronkina and Alyssa Roth).
For Farmer and Pankratz, this ends an eight year stretch of playing basketball for the city they grew up in.
"Eight years coming to a close like that is just crazy but I'm super grateful for all the experiences that I've had and the opportunities," Farmer said. "So, grateful for the Hastings community and what they've done."
Even with the accolades and records, it does not make it any easier knowing they will not be able to compete for a national title.
"It kind of feels like taken away from us a little bit but it doesn't take away from the great season that we had," Grasso said.
"An outcome really doesn't define a team and I think we made our mark and we had a great season and we can't let that take it away," Farmer said.
We will never know what would have happened in Sioux City but there is a quote worth remembering, "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."