CHIRENO, TX (KTRE) - For the first time in school history, the Chireno Lady Owls basketball team is headed to state.
To celebrate the Lady Owls tremendous success, the school hosted a bonfire/pep rally for the community Monday night.
The Lady Owls are currently at 33-3. Chireno is matched up against Nazareth who also happens to be the reigning, back-to-back state champions.
The girls know the challenge at stake and are ready to fight.
"We've got to show up and we've got to play. Like I tell my girls, you got to give as well at you get. So if someone's out there pushing you, you better get down and push them right back," said girls head basketball coach Terry Parker.
It takes a load of talent to make it to the state tournament, but in Parker six years coaching at Chireno, he insists talent can only take you so far. Parker said their team chemistry is what has soared them above their competition.
"This team loves each other. They play for each other. They're like sisters. Everything they do, they do together," said Parker.
"It's an indescribable feeling because we've been working for this since our freshmen year. We were at the regional tournament that year, and were so close, but didn't make it. To come back four years later with this team, and to make it this far, it's just an amazing feeling," said senior Brooklen Butler. "It's our first time going into this. It's going to be a big change for us but I think when it comes down to, it we'll be able to take care of business like we should."
Chireno will hold a send-off for the team Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.
The state tournament will be held at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Chireno will play Nazareth (30-5) Thursday at 8:30 a.m.
The boys basketball team was also recognized as they are headed to the regional quarterfinals. The Owls will play Calvert Tuesday night in Crockett. Game starts at 7 p.m.