AUSTIN (KXAN) — Crockett head coach Jennifer Shuttlesworth used to have the birthday blues. Not because she was getting older, but because she never got what she wanted.
“My goal always has been to still be playing basketball on my brithday,” Shuttlesworth said. “Being at practice today is the best birthday present I could’ve ever gotten.”
“Her birthday is today, actually, so happy birthday, Coach Shuttlesworth, cause that was your present,” senior forward Aaria Rattler said.
Wednesday’s practice is such a treat because it means the season is still alive thanks to the first playoff win in school history — a 52-49 win over Boerne-Champion in the bi-district round.
“Oh my gosh, it was just tremendous,” Rattler said. “We’re just happy, excited, elated just to be in this position.”
“I felt like I was gonna pass out, I felt like I needed to vomit. It was crazy,” Shuttlesworth said. So excited to do it for them. We have a great group, period, from freshmen to seniors.”
Jordyn Carter’s been the leader of that group. She’s four-year letter winner who’s scored over 2200 points in her Crockett career.
“Everytime we’re in a game and it’s crisis mode and we’re strugglign, she’s the one who will pull us through and keep us going,” Shuttlesworth said.
“Usually people don’t, they don’t have faith that we can do it,” Carter said. “To prove them wrong is just like a good feeling.”
Aside from a berth in the second round against San Antonio Sam Houston on Friday in Seguin, what comes next for a team whose 32 wins have already shattered the school record?
“More success,” Carter said. “And once it finally comes to an end, which is gonna be really far on, it’s gonna be great because i’m gonna know that we tried our hardest and we did our best to get where we were.”
After giving their coach the present she’s always wanted, no one’s ready to blow all the candles out just yet.