Plagued by the flu, respiratory infections, strep throat, high fevers and fatigue, a “band of sisters” from Community Christian School made their way to the Regional Basketball Championship game in Houston this past weekend.

Throughout the school week, the entire team, save two students, missed class due to their illnesses. Practices to prepare for this final eight matches were limited due to the illnesses that infected this important basketball week.

The outcome of Saturday’s game seemed obvious, but this strong willed basketball team would not go down without a fight. The Community Lion’s opponent, Spring Providence Classical, quickly sprang ahead to a 29 to 7 half time lead. The lady lions headed to locker room fatigued, barely able to breathe, and throwing up. It was looking like this half healthy team would have to throw in the towel, in lieu of putting their health further at risk.

The head coach came out of the locker team to inform the referees that his girls might not be able to return to the court. No sooner were the words out of his mouth when he heard the sound of the door opening behind him; this “band of sisters” marched back on the court to face their opponents.

Despite their failing bodies, they went on to hold their opponents to only 8 points in the second half. In the end, they lost the game 37 to 14, however, it isn’t winning or losing that defines that moment.

These girls played the game with all of their heart and left no regrets. The Community lady lions have been characterized all season by playing their hardest with honor and character. It was this drive that won them the titles of District Champs and Regional Champs. On this fateful Saturday, their state playoff run fell short, but not unnoticed by those who watched on.

One witness to this game was the president of TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools) who said to one of the girls, “I have never seen a team, boys or girls in any sport, compete with such honor and character as these girls did today.”

He went on to give each one of the girls a special medal embossed with the words “Competition with Honor.” This sisterhood didn’t bring home the state trophy, but they won something even greater Saturday. They displayed great character in the midst of tough circumstances, and this group of girls will always be able to look back on this day and realize they can do anything they put their mind to.

Before the game, the girl’s main goal was to be known for their hustle and character. This “band of sisters” did just that on Saturday, leaving a great legacy for future Community lions.