Jefferson girls varsity basketball celebrates senior night win against John Lewis


Rena Schild

Team members embrace as they celebrate the seniors on their final game of the season. Senior night is an annual tradition where teams celebrate the final game of the season, saying goodbye to their seniors. “The underclassmen did a fantastic job [planning] and I’m crazy proud of all of them,” senior Riley Cooper said.

Hannah Liu, Staff Writer

Jefferson’s girls varsity basketball team ended their season with a win against the John Lewis Lancers, securing a 48-12 victory on Feb. 10 on their home court. The game also served as a senior night celebration, where the team honored the seniors and their accomplishments on the team. 

“We started planning senior night by picking a theme. In this case, we picked pretty early on, [around] 2 months before senior night,” junior Anika Saraf said.

The celebrated seniors were Ellie Rowland, Elisabeth Everhart, Tanvi Bhave, Riley Cooper, and Aashna Johri, who were recognized for their contributions to the team. Each received personalized posters and special gifts, with the theme for the night being “Mean Girls.”

“We made shirts and put ‘meanest girls on the court’ on the back of our shirts. We also made burn books for each of the seniors as gifts, made them gift baskets, brought them breakfast in the morning, decorated the gym with their names, and left thank you messages because we love our seniors,” Saraf said.

One by one, each of the seniors and their families walked onto the court as their names were announced. Coaches, administrators, and team members cheered and applauded in support. 

“I’ve been on varsity for four years, so it was definitely bittersweet. I’m very very lucky to have all of the friendships that I have because of my experience in TJ Basketball,” senior Riley Cooper said.

Overall, Jefferson’s girls varsity basketball team ended their season with a well-deserved victory and an unforgettable senior night celebration. 

“We just finished the season. Overall, we did well, and I became closer to all my teammates which is awesome. We are all pretty close, so I am going to miss everyone, especially the seniors now that the season is over,” Saraf said.