Phoenix Girls Basketball Falls to the Captains on Senior Night

On Feb. 7, the Phoenix varsity girls basketball team faced off against the Loudoun County Captains and celebrated their seniors at the ‘Senior Night’ game.


Nanaki Bawa

Senior Alexa Veneros (12) blocks a Captains player (5) from scoring, while Veneros’ teammates remain open, ready to receive the ball.

On Feb. 7, the Phoenix varsity girls basketball team held the annual ‘Senior Night’ and celebrated their seniors and their accomplishments. Prior to the game, each senior walked a red carpet symbolizing their graduation from their high school basketball careers. They walked with family members in locked  arms as the whole gym congratulated them. 

At the end of the first quarter of the game, the Phoenix were in the lead with a score of 12-6 following a three-pointer from junior Sruthi Dacherla (5). During the second quarter, the Captains pulled ahead after numerous free throws, ending the half with 18-14.

At the end of the fourth quarter, the Phoenix fell short against the Captains with a final score of 46-24. Despite the loss, Phoenix seniors enjoyed their last home game, and prior to the game, walked a red carpet signifying their retirement from high school basketball. “It was a lot of reminiscing from the past four years I’ve played on this team; it was bittersweet to play [on senior night] one last time,” senior Aleeza Sadiq said.