The Lady Pirates basketball team made Proviso East history this year in more ways than one. They won their first sectional final. Over three years their winning record is 73-16. They have won two regional championships and seven consecutive conference titles. Now the leaders on the court, the seven seniors leaving the team, all plan to head to institutions of higher education—most on full scholarships.
Jasmine Jordan plans to study forensic science. Ashri Broadwater, Andrea Harris, and Ricquia Jones have their sights set on physical therapy. Keosha Parks is a hopeful business major. Ivory Crawford wants to study architecture, and Ashley Broadwater is headed into the criminal justice field. The sensational seven have been playing basketball with each other and against each other since the 5th grade. They all came from Proviso feeder schools to Proviso East High School, and now they are headed to college to further their athletic and academic careers.
“This is going to be really exciting,” said Andrea. “I’m going to get to play against more challenging players at Marquette. The academic aspect is also going to be a good challenge.”
Though they expect rigorous studies in their higher educational pursuits, the ladies agree that they are equipped for the challenge.
“Playing on the basketball team here made us more structured, more disciplined, and more focused in school,” said Ashley. “Proviso East and our coaches have physically and mentally prepared us. These scholarships offer a great opportunity for us to get a higher level of education and to go on to play sports at a higher level.”
In terms of stats for the team, 7 out of 7 is not bad. While Jasmine and Keosha are undecided on their college options, they plan to accept a scholarship soon. Ashri and Ashley are headed to Blackburn College. Andrea is headed to Marquette. Ivory will join Illinois University, and Ricquia is considering Stewart University. As for their coach, Mr. PriGeon, he says he is very proud of the lady pirates and their entire team.
“It’s a blessing,” he said. “It’s nice to know that our program has moved to a higher level. The interest that recruiters have in this team has been phenomenal. This group is the largest to be recruited in the program’s history. They’ve done some things that no other team has. We’re just happy for their success.”
Congratulations Pirates! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising!