East Rock Brings Title Home
Girl Hoop Stars Grab Second State Crown
“I’ve been emotional all day,” said Melissa Lam, noting that her daughter — senior guard Jessica Lam — is an only child and plans to leave for college come summer.
“It’s very sad,” she said, right before the team, just in its third year of existence, burst through the doors.
“Congratulations, girl,” Melissa Lam yelled as her phone’s camera — and about a dozen others — started to flash and click.
The ERHS Eagles squad secured its second Division 1 championship with a 35-31 win over Altavista at the Siegel Center in Richmond on Friday afternoon.
The win was bittersweet for Lam and her fellow seniors, Sarah Cameron and Meghan Nicholson, who have been playing basketball together since they were 8.
While Nicholson plans to attend Concord University in Athens, W.Va., this fall, the others haven’t decided. But they’ll no doubt see each other less in the fall.
“We know each other like the back of our hand,” Nicholson explained.
Still, the excitement in the room was electric, and in many ways, the homecoming ceremony felt much like a family reunion.
“Today would’ve been a good day to rob a bank in Elkton,” joked Meghan Nicholson’s grandfather Frank, who was beaming after seeing his winner walk through the door.
Coach Paul Comer explained to the dozens in the gym — many of whom had also just returned from Richmond — about the support he feels whenever the team walks onto the court.
“When I hear that roar and feel that crowd behind us, I think there’s no way we can lose a lot of nights,” he said, also touching on the feat the girls have accomplished.
“There are schools that have been here hundreds of years that have never been able to experience what these girls have experienced twice now,” he said.
ERHS Athletic Director Eric Phillips explained it to the team this way: “Very, very few will be able to sit in that break room [at your future jobs] and hoist up two hands with two big rings on them, and say, ‘This is what I did in high school.’”
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