Seniors Isabella Scarfone (left), Daiyanna Timms, and Kamiyah Johnson and their teammates celebrate Senior Night.
In his first season as head coach of the girls basketball team, Eric Gracia was starting from scratch. He didn’t have any players coming back from last season’s team. He was picking up players from last season’s junior varsity as well as incoming freshmen.
Gracia only had three seniors — Isabella Scarfone, Daiyanna Timms and Kamiyah Johnson — finish the season but they led by example. The seniors were recognized before Tuesday’s final regular-season game against Pinkston at Sprague Field House.
“Each senior had a role to play in the inception of the new wave of North Dallas Girls’ Basketball,” Gracia said in an email. “And whether they know it or not, they’ve left a lasting impact on the program that will be felt for years to come. Daiyanna and Kamiyah are proof of what hard work and perseverance looks like when you give in to coaching and trust the process.
“The freshmen have seen what it looks like to work for something, lose it, then have to work to get it back and eventually succeed. Isabella is proof that you don’t need to be a ‘basketball only’ kid to be a successful basketball player, all it takes is being coachable and playing hard. You can play soccer, softball, volleyball, or dance and still do little things to impact a game and your teammates.”
Gracia said something about each senior:
Coach Eric Gracia, Kamiyah Johnson and mom Tanika Woodard
- Kamiyah Johnson was a transfer student from another DISD school and that can be very difficult, especially your senior year. But she was able to use her personality to embed herself in the program and kind of become a big sister to some of the girls.
Coach Eric Gracia, Daiyanna Timms and mom LaTonya Farris
- Daiyanna Timms was here throughout the summer working on her game because she wanted to improve. She suffered some injuries and faced some adversity along the way, but she made the adjustments she needed to make and eventually played a major role on the varsity. The younger girls can learn a lot from how Daiyanna fought throughout the season to earn her spot in the starting lineup for varsity.
Coach Eric Gracia, Isabella Scarfone with mom Stephanie Scarfone, sister Mia and dad Kris Scarfone
- Isabella Scarfone was a spark of energy from the moment she walked in the gym. I actually recruited Isabella to play basketball from my fourt- period technology class because I figured she could impact the game with her stamina and speed from her soccer background. She surprised us all when she came out and hit back to back 3s against Conrad in the first game of the season. She eventually chose to play basketball over soccer — which is her primary sport and she will be playing soccer at the collegiate level — and never looked back. She made a name for herself by knocking down big shots and outrunning defenders all season, but she was always somebody the girls could count on for a big shot, or a goofy moment in practice.
Kamiyah Johnson and mom Tanika Woodard
Daiyanna Timms and mom LaTonya Farris
Isabella Scarfone with mom Stephanie Scarfone, sister Mia and dad Kris Scarfone
Fun times with the seniors on Senior Night.
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