It's state championship week for girls high school basketball. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for some, but an annual event for others. The winnsboro Raiders got a championship sendoff this morning. It's their third trip to state in the past four years, 10th trip to state in the past 17 years. After missing out on state last year, 2A's top-ranked team is ready for the challenge.
"It's a little bit sweeter," said senior Megan Morton, who is making her third trip to state. "It's more fun to know what it's like to not go. It makes you appreciate it a little more. To go with this group of girls is just really exciting. It's a great team."
While head coach Buddy Hawkins won't go as far as to say he has built a dynasty in his 25 years of coaching in Winnsboro, he did say winning has become a habit.
"If you do it for long enough, the kids grow up wanting to do it," Hawkins said. "That's the whole key to this deal. The little girls want to grow up to be the big girls."