Hamlin's team bond to help break playoff victory drought

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The Hamlin Lady Pipers have put together two successful seasons in a row, but it won't have as much meaning if they aren't able to keep their season going after Tuesday.

The girls' basketball team hasn't won a playoff game since the 2011-2012 season when the Lady Pipers reached their first regional tournament in more than 30 years.

But Hamlin has a chance to snap that streak in their Class 2A bi-district game against Winters on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Jim Ned High School.

"It would mean the world because we know what we're capable of," senior Alexia Heaton said.

"If we win Tuesday I think we'd all be ecstatic," senior Alondra Sanchez said.

"One thing that coach [Kristy Jo Sullivan] has wanted us to do is go in the middle of the court and yell, because we don't ever do that even with the biggest wins."

Hamlin lost in the first round of the playoffs last season, finishing with a 19-8 record.

With nearly everyone back from that team, the Lady Pipers have built a 22-7 mark with their only two district losses to ranked Haskell.

Hamlin believes their team chemistry, with four seniors, has made them successful this year.

"I feel like we have something special that no other team has," senior Macy Van Cleave said.

"We've known each other since we were little kids, little dribblers, so that's always good when you know your teammates and you know what they're going to do," added Sanchez.

"As we've gone through this season we've gotten a lot closer and that's my favorite part," senior Veshay Hernandez said.

"I know after my senior year when I'm going to be gone, I know I'll still have my family back at home."

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