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Fort Stewart Lady Ballers return home with second place finish
Fort Stewart’s Lady Ballers are, in front, Briana Reece, Sha’quoia Crockett, La’Shai Richardson, Somone Letman; in back, Coach Laquenton Jones, Akeyla Richardson, Chantal Colmore, Kymberli Payno, Kymberly Beasley, Kahlia Lawrence and Coach Terrence Alston Alston - photo by Photo provided / Coastal Courier
Fort Stewart Lady Ballers’ 12U team returned from Gainesville last Sunday after playing at the home of the Florida Gators.
The young ladies played a 13U basketball team in the championship game. The hard work they put in with workouts in the gym finally paid off. The Lady Ballers came in second place, and the performance they gave in the championship game was remarkable and, according to the coaching staff, deserved a standing ovation for their efforts. The fans could not stop cheering them on even after the buzzer sounded. These young ladies had a desire to win and they understood what it took to be the best.
“They will have to continue to put time in the gym working on their skills,” coach Terrance Alston said. “I believe that they finally understand the importance of what we have been trying to teach them.”    
“I am so proud of the adjustments they were willing to make on the court, “ added coach Laquenton Jones. “They played as a team and never once did they throw in the towel. They played as if they were true champions.”
“Our girls are truly talented and their love of the game will allow them to succeed,” coordinator Evelyn Alston said.
The coaches said the travel experience and road games awakened the players to the amount of work it takes to play at a higher level. The coaching staff plans for them to keep hitting the gym, working out and practicing drills in order to get better.
“I must say that this season has been a revelation for me,” coach Alston said. “The ability to touch the life of 11 girls in a positive manner means so much to me. Now they walk in the gym with a confidence that I had not seen before. They have more knowledge of the game and they are willing to play basketball against older girls without being fearful.”
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