Delaney Parkey is a sixteen year old junior at Wellington High School, playing for the Crusaders.  The day after the junior varsity girls beat Rose Hill, Delaney sat down to talk to us about the season as it is nearing an end and what the future holds for her.
Looking back on the season, she says a high for her was “when everyone comes together and plays as a team for one another. We are like a family all working towards one goal, Salina. We may not be the best of friends off the court but on the court we are one band of sisters.”  A low was “probably the beginning of the season when we couldn’t put a whole game together. We would play great for most of it, but sometimes it just got away from us.”
There were several tough games over the past few months.  One of them, against Augusta, the junior varsity girls were the only ones to win that evening.  For Delaney, “It felt great. I think we came together as a team that night and everyone was moving the ball and finding the open girls for open shots and that night they just were all going in and it was just in our favor.”
Playing last night in a tough game with Rose Hill, what was going through her mind was, Delaney says, “Just that we play as a team and find the open people or drive the basket to hopefully get points,we make good passes and do whatever our coach tells us and hopefully execute it so it works.”
Looking down the road, she says, she “would like to go to college and play softball and hopefully get my degree in elementary education.”
Here soon, though, “(Softball) Practice starts February 26th. However I will still be playing basketball for substate and hopefully state.”
Taking one last look at the season, Delaney says she “thinks about all the memories I’ve made and new friendships and just getting closer with all the girls through it all,working on getting more mentally tough as our program is hard and as Coach Adams always says ‘we’re a different breed if we buy into it.’”