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Columbia girls basketball team photoIt was all business for the Columbia girls’ varsity basketball team on Thursday as they practiced in the school gym. In the midst of a special season, which includes an undefeated 13-0 record and a #7 state ranking, the next big challenge comes Friday evening at Shenendehowa (12-1).

“We need to rise to the occasion,” said sophomore guard Grace Heeps, who is averaging 11 points and six assists.

Columbia is led by senior forward Selena Lott, who is averaging a double-double with 22 points, 11 rebounds and six steals. The McDonald’s All-American nominee said the team’s success comes back to the practice court.

Columbia girls basketball 2“It’s been really fun to watch,” said head coach Sean McGraw. “They are extremely talented but also hard workers.”

As the players paired up for a shooting drill, Coach McGraw and his assistant Tom Marquit walked to the different stations and encouraged their team.

Mr. Marquit, who has coached in the area for more than 20 years, is so impressed with this group of players that he couldn’t recall a better team.

“These kids are special,” Mr. Marquit said. “I find myself wondering how talented they are, and we’ll know tomorrow night.”

#7 Columbia at #10 Shenendehowa
Friday, January 20
6:00 p.m.
Shenendehowa High School East Main Gym