On Feb. 20, S. C. Bootle High School’s Senior and Junior Girls Basketball teams traveled to Grand Bahama to compete against various girl teams all over The Bahamas in the Geneva Rutherford Basketball Tournament.
Unfortunately, the Junior girls were defeated in their category, but fought a good fight. Coach Kayetta Brown expressed that the games became intense especially going up against Freedom Baptist Academy in Nassau. The Juniors went into two double overtimes where the score was so close, but the Dynamic Dolphins fell short by two points.
The Junior girls then went up against St. Mary Patricia Junior High School in Freeport to qualify for pool championship, but once again fell short by one point.
“These girls did exceptionally well [and are] a very young team with a lot of talent and passion,” Coach Brown said. “Our Junior Dynamic stars who represented us are as follows: Maija Miller, Shakendra Russell, Maygan St. Claude, Gitavia Stubbs, Antonia Nixon, and Fayonte Rolle.”
The Senior girls also fought a good fight where they fell down in their first game against St. Georges school in Freeport.
“It seems that nerves kicked in, but they did not leave defeated,” Coach Brown reasoned.
The next day the Seniors went into the gym with “blood in their eyes,” and defeated the Jack Haywood School: 18-15. Ka’Andra Sawyer, the team captain, scored a three-pointer that nailed the game.
In their next game, the Senior girls were up for the fight.
“We went up against the C. R. Walker Knights, who are presently the champions for the GSSA league in Nassau,” Coach Brown explained. “However, this game was very close, and I would say these girls gave it 110 percent. The score in the end was 31-26 where the Dolphins fell down by just five points.
Going into elimination game against Catholic High Crusaders, Moss said was a very intense close game as well commenting that the girls felt that they were not given fair calls.
“However, we will not stop here,” she said. “Having the best girls’ team in Abaco, I am sure we will have more success stories in future tournaments to come. This is a very young vibrant team with a lot of high expectations.”
Among the Senior girls’ dynamic stars were: Rosanna Parker (MVP); Ka’Andra Sawyer (MVP); Tanisha Charlton, one of their best defenders; Dearsharay Brown, and Sabrina Jordan.