On Thursday the Marco Island Academy Rays celebrated senior night during their home non-conference game against the Oasis Sharks, which also happened to be the final home game for girls’ varsity.
The Lady Rays opened the evening with an exciting game as MIA fans and teammates watched Gianna Rose hit 1,000 points. The action-packed game ended with a narrow, MIA loss of 45-50.
“I think Gianna had a stellar career here,” beams Frank Rose, Gianna Rose’s father. “She scored 1,000 points for the school. Nobody has done that in the school’s six-year history. She started in every game since a freshman. She’s done such a wonderful job. We couldn’t be prouder.”
“I’ve watched my daughter play the past 10 years,” expressed a teary-eyed Deneen Rose. “It’s bittersweet as we go into the next chapter of her life. Gianna has committed to UCF and will be going into the medical field. I’m really going to miss seeing her play.”
Ten seniors were honored during the estivities following the Lady Rays’ game. Senior basketball girls included captains: Gianna Rose and Chelsea Casabona. Senior Basketball boys included: Brenden Howard, Seth Wilson, Rolph Tanis, and Vincent Piranio (statistician). Senior cheerleaders included Caitlin Carlson, Kaley Whitworth, Natalie Hughes and Widline Joseph.
“We have a growing program. We work with what we have and always give 100 percent,” said Chelsea Casabona.
“I started being involved with the team this year,” said Senior Vincent Piranio. “They have really come a long way with working as a team. I’m excited about growth and seeing them play in the future.”
The MIA Rays faced a tough challenge against the Oasis Sharks and suffered a 24-87 loss.
“My seniors played as hard as they could. Some of them had never played basketball on a team before. I’m very proud of how hard they played and how positive they kept things,” explains Coach Travis Barry.
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