The one big accomplishment most people will remember about the 2017-18 Mexico varsity girls basketball season is the fact this team played for a class 4 district title.
As for the one thing head coach Ed Costley would like to forget, it's probably that four-year player Adria Costley is graduating after a career only rivaled in Lady Bulldog history by her older sister Brooke.
"She's very unselfish and we've been pleased with how she's been able to make other players better and find ways to put them in position to score," said Ed Costley immediately after his teams final game of the season. "Adria has grown as a player from beginning to end and I think she can look back and say she had a pretty exciting season here."
In its final game of the season, Mexico lost in the class 4, district 8, title game at Hannibal to St. Dominic's 47-27 earlier this month. Prior to that the Lady Bulldogs began the postseason by eliminating Fulton in round one 64-42 and Warrenton 38-37 in round two.
"As I look back I think about how our players have really grown. We've got two seniors (guards Adria Costley and Mackenzie Davis) and we played against St. Dominic's, which had seven seniors," Ed Costley said. "When you look at where we were, there were some mistakes we were making during the season, but we've got some sophomores out there and we're asking them to do a lot. To see them grow, the individual development. We always talk about the highs and lows. They persevered."
For the year Mexico finished with a record of 14-12 overall, 6-6 North Central Missouri Conference. If everything goes according to plan next season the Lady Bulldogs will return six juniors and two seniors, Reghan Smith and Aaryn Sampo.
"As the year went on I was really excited and pleased with the effort of this group. I just really enjoyed the opportunity to coach these girls. They go out and give you everything they have," said Ed Costley. "This team will really fight for you. These girls take pride in being a Mexico Bulldog and that's what we look for."