The way last season ended for the Greenwood High School girls basketball team was undeniably heartbreaking.
The Eagles led by 18 points after three quarters in their third-round playoff matchup at Dorman, only to see that lead turn into a two-point defeat that knocked them from the Class AAAA playoffs.
But with the new season dawning, coach Susan Thompson said she and her players are not thinking about how last season ended. They're not looking back; they're looking ahead.
Way ahead. Like the state final.
"We've tried not to dwell on (the Dorman loss)," Thompson said. "It was hard to deal with, but we kind of just accepted it, because if you dwell on it, the same thing could happen again. So we've put it behind us and tried not to dwell on the negative. We don't even think about Dorman now.
"I think the biggest thing is (the players) just want to take it two more games."
Greenwood didn't have to do much reloading from last year's region championship team. Star guards Yanna Jones, a senior, and Tianna Swearinger, a junior, are back to once again pose one of the most formidable 1-2 punches in the state.
To a point, Swearinger affirmed Thompson's notion the disappointing end to last year was behind her and her teammates. But there's a difference between not dwelling on it and not remembering it.
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