Elgin boys and girls get big sendoff to state tournament

Elgin boys and girls get big sendoff to state tournament

ELGIN, OK (TNN) - The boys and girls basketball teams at Elgin High School got a big send-off Thursday morning as they left for the state tournament. The gym at Elgin Public Schools was full of energy because not only were the players excited but so were their fellow students.

Every student that goes to Elgin Public Schools lined the street to send the basketball teams off.

"This is probably the best pep rally that we've had since I've been here," senior Paige Pendley said.

Senior Connor Slater said it means a lot to have this pep rally for them.

“There’s a lot of people here and everybody is supporting us,” Slater said. “The whole town of Elgin got our back.”

It’s the first time in school history that both the boys and girls basketball team made it to the state tournament.

Pendley said even with all the support she has some nerves going into the game.

"I have one to three more games left and all the seniors just want to go out there and do our best and bring home gold for our fans and our community," she said.

Curtis Lorah, the high school principal, said he's been telling the students and coaches one thing as they've been preparing.

"Enjoy these days,” Lorah said. “These are great accomplishments and we're proud of you and go enjoy it and have a great time."

Slater is ready to go out there and play in the big house with his team for his last run at trying to win state. He knows the difficult road to get there after not punching a ticket last year.

"Not a lot of people get to go to state,” Slater said. “It's a hard road, hard determination. Everybody got to stick together. All our fans got our back no matter what. It's going to be a ride."

The girl’s basketball team won a close game in overtime. The boys are set to take the court at 8:30.

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