FORT WAYNE, Ind. (FORT WAYNE'S NBC) - "It inspires us a lot. They have such a strong bond with us and we just want to go out and play for them," Ayanna Patterson said.
The Homestead forward speaks about how her coach, Rod Parker, and teammate, Rylie Parker, inspire the team to keep pushing through adversity.
In early December, Rod Parker was sidelined due to cancer.
He went through an extensive surgery and recovered.
During the SAC Holiday tournament, Rod Parker rejoined his team and the final push of the season.
This team is battled tested.
Parker and company beat a strong South Side team in the Sectional Championship, 44-41.
Now Sydney Graber, a senior for the Spartans says she wants to bring home a bigger trophy for her coach and teammate.
"It's inspired us to the moon and back. We really want to bring home a state title because what we've been through, what they've been through," Graber said. "It would mean the most to us as a team and the Parkers. Everything we've been working for since they've been gone, it would just mean the most."
Homestead matches up with Carroll in Regional play this Saturday.