Carman Peterson — Special Contributor
The Victory Baptist Academy Lady Patriots’ basketball team will begin its quest for a state title in a play-off game this Thursday, against Faustina Academy of Irving. A win would take the Lady Patriots to the Division II Texas Christian Athletic Fellowship (TCAF) state championship tournament, to be held Friday and Saturday at Trinity Christian Academy in Willow Park.
Currently riding a 10-game winning streak, VBA is the No. 2 seed in the TCAF tournament. They are undefeated in district play, with an overall season record of 15-5.
Earlier in the season, the team finished second in a tournament hosted by Trinity Christian Academy, and competed in the Eagles’ Classic Invitational tournament on the campus of Pensacola Christian College in Florida, featuring teams from Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
“I feel very positive,” head coach Rob Catuto said of the play-off game. “If we play the game we’re capable of playing, I think we have a very good chance of winning the state title.”
Catuto, assisted by Brooklyn McIntosh, said his team has worked hard to contend at the state level.
“The team this year has been a joy to work with,” he said. “Coaches hope for just one leader on a team, and I had a team full of leaders, which made it very easy to coach them. They worked hard in practice and on their own. Some would come early, some would stay late.”
“Our goal from the beginning of the season was to get to the championship game,” Catuto added. “If we get to that game, we’ve accomplished that goal. Anything above that is a bonus.”
The Lady Patriots’ work ethic this season showed in their individual achievements. Seniors Jessica Hamilton and Tirzah Pool, along with junior Susannah Pool, were named to the TCAF All-District First Team, while senior Cesia Aguilar, junior Rayanne Langley, and freshman Cheyenne Graham were selected for TCAF All-District Second Team.