The 12-and-under boys basketball team finished runner-up in the district tournament over the weekend. (Photo/Debi Green)
The 12-and-under boys basketball team finished runner-up in the district tournament over the weekend. (Photo/Debi Green)

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Two Troy recreation hoops teams advance to state tourney

Published 11:20pm Monday, February 25, 2013


The Troy Parks and Recreation Department sent three teams to Alabama Recreation and Parks Association district tournaments across the state of Alabama last weekend.

Two of those teams earned the opportunity of competing in the state tournament next weekend in Gadsden.

The 12-and-under girls team captured the region tournament championship by besting a field consisting of Enterprise, Brundidge, Greenville, Geneva, Andalusia and host-team Eufaula.

The 12-and-under boys team finished in the runner-up spot of their regional but were also invited to the state tournament.

Justin Cope, head coach of the team, said that he is proud of the effort his team showed.

“We came out of the gates a little slower than I would have liked,” said Cope. “But we played to the best of our ability, and made it to the championship game. We came out on the short end of that one, but were invited anyway. They have a lot to be proud of.”

The 10-and-under team was unable to make it to the championship game, against the stout field of Enterprise, Greenville, Opp, Geneva and Andalusia.

Members of the 12-and-under girls team include: Maori Davenport, Alyssa English, Hannah Hughes, Holly Hughes, Nairia Jones, Ajaylla May, Mykyia Milton, Whittaka Starks and Trinity Thomas.

Members of the 12-and-under boys runner-up team include: Ja’Vontrez Allen, Laertis Brantley, Thailon Gandy, Ethan Green, X’Zavieyan Green, Brock Huner, Braxton McGhee, Mekhi McNair, Daniel Phillips, Noah Phillips, James Scarbrough, Terrell Sistrunk and DeQuavian Toney.

The state tournament in Gadsden kicks of on March 8 and runs the entire weekend.

  • jolly79

    hmm……the boys team that finished second gets more coverage than the first girls team to ever WIN district. interesting.

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    • Wes Johnson

      jollyjim, the boys team photo was sent to us by a parent and we were able to reach the head coach. We plan to publish a full preview and state tournament results for both teams next week. If you happen to be at the game, we would love to have you assist us with a photo and possibly some statistics as these are hard to come by at the recreation level especially when the games are played so far out of town.

      Thanks for reading,
      Wes Johnson

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    • troy_24

      Do you have something against the boys team Jolly79?

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  • Pauly D

    nobody cares about rec hoops. if they did they would have taken it over like they did with youth football and baseball. if this were an upward tourney, people would care b/c the people that have any pull are involved in upwards, youth football and baseball. nobody cares about the youth rec basketball because they are dominated by minorities.

    also, other than parents, people would rather watch paint dry that womens sports.

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