Lady Panthers lost the streak and don't plan to lose again

When you win 43 straight games, you can certainly see the possibily of an undfeated season.

"Of course any team has to have that confidence," 14-year Washington girls coach Marilyn Coddens explains. "But at the same team, we have girls that know."

"We didn't worry about the winning streak. We were more worried about winning one game at a time."

Panther junior Skylar Diggins, who is averaging 28 points per game (tops in Michiana) says the streak didn't make the Panthers cocky but instead very proud.

"I think our incentive to wake up every morning was to say 'I play for the Washington Panthers and I'm proud of that,'" Diggins explains. "And that win streak, I'm proud of that."

After winning 43 straight games, the Panthers finally lost. In fact, they lost two of their following three contests. Both were to high powered teams from Kentucky and Illinois in showcase games outside of Indiana.

But losing those games was not neccesarily a bad thing according to the Panther players.

"Being on a win streak, you start to get comfortable and relaxed," Penn State bound senior Emily Phillips explains.

"I think it kind of was a good thing in a wierd way because it makes some of us think about some of things that we need to work on and get in the gym and get better on."

It also reminded the Panthers what it was like to lose again, something they hadn't done in more than 14 months.

We don't want to feel that anymore because we know how that felt," Diggins says. "We don't want to ever have that feeling again."

If Washington avoids that losing feeling for the rest of the season, they'll experience a feeling from the past again---- the joy of winning state.

The Panthers have one regular season game left before the playoffs begin.


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