Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community members Mysty Hayes and Rebecca Tsingine have completed their final varsity season with the Westwood Lady Warriors basketball team, finishing with an overall record of 8-18. Both seniors played hard ball throughout the season.
“This year was fun. It would have been a better year for us if we started each game differently, because we started off slow [and] then we had to pick it up each time,” said Hayes about the team’s performance during the season.
Hayes shared that it wasn’t easy taking the losses. “I took each loss very hard because I knew this was my last year to play for my high school, but I enjoyed my teammates,” she said.
At a home game on February 2, the Lady Warriors played the Skyline Coyotes. This game was a special one because it was also Senior Night and the team recognized the senior players. It was a tight game, with a final score of 45-43.
“This game was a lot of pressure on me because it was a big crowd, and also in the crowd was my other coach from the Salt River Renegades, so it was sort of a special one for me,” Hayes said.
Even though this season was not too great for the team, Hayes said it was a special one for her, since it is her last year on the court. Hayes commented that it has not really hit her yet.
“With each game I did try to go out with a bang. I would like to thank my mom and whole family for being there for me during my games; it really helped,” said Hayes.
Hayes would also like to thank T.C. Carlos and all the coaches who have worked with her throughout the years.
Hayes plans to attend the University of Arizona in Tucson and study to become a physical therapist. She will continue to play basketball in college.