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Irish Bring Cheer Even After A Loss

Extra Effort: PND Girls Basketball

PEORIA, Ill. - A morning after a tough loss, the Peoria Notre Dame girls basketball team can still spread some cheer.

"We;ve never done this," said senior Rileigh Johnson. "This being the first time, it was good for us and it opened our eyes to what Christmastime brings to people. And the joy it brings."

The Lady Irish packed up a guitar and their singing voices and entertained seniors at the Proctor Place in Peoria.

"You don't get to do this every day," said senior Kaitlyn Osmulski. "Seeing the reaction on their faces, watching them. It's really nice."

The Lady Irish say they frequesntly sing songs in the locker room and on the bus. But never in front of an audience.

"When we were up there and you look into the crowd and see their smiling faces, you feel good inside and it makes you know you're doing some good," Johnson said.

Junior Sam Vallianatos plays several instruments in teh piano and guitar. She provided the accompaniment when her teammates sang "All I Want For Christmas Is You."

"We've never really done this and gone out for the holidays and done something," Vallianatos said. "I think we'd be fine doing this more often."

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