Two Troy recreation hoops teams advance to state tourney
Published 11:20 pm 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.