Story by Ava Carter
Girls basketball tryouts started on November 26, 2018 and continued through November 29 at Clay Middle School. There were 21 girls trying out for the 7th grade team. The 7th grade coaches are Jeff Carter, Clay Spanish teacher and Stephanie Stacy, CHS Spanish teacher.
There is a variety of people trying out with many different backgrounds in basketball. Jamie Elliott, 7th grader, is trying out for the basketball team. "I have been playing basketball for around seven or eight years," said Elliott. Julia Click, however, has only been playing basketball for 3 years.
With so many people trying out, there is close competition to see who will make the team.
Also, many of the girls have some reasons why they like to play basketball. "Getting to meet new people and see how others play the game that I like," said Keaton Gatlin. Many other girls would also like to meet new people and like to play basketball in general.
Many of the girls were nervous going into tryouts, but everyone said they were just going to do their best. "I will be nervous but I think the excitement will overcome the nerves. When I get a ball in my hands on Monday they will go away," said Click.
Girls also had many ways to prepare for tryouts. While some girls just did the practices for other teams that they do, some didn't do anything to prepare. Most girls prepared by coming to the 2 open gyms that occurred before tryouts and others practiced basic skills like shooting and dribbling.
Girls who tried out, also said they would have tried out as a 6th grader if they had the opportunity. They also said if they didn't make the team, they would keep working and tryout in 8th grade. "Yes, I would tryout again next year because it is another opportunity to play at a middle school level." said Keaton Gatlin, 7th grader, who is trying out.
Some leagues that girls trying out had played in the past were: Carmel Pups, Carmel Dads Club, Primetime, First Baptist Church Leagues and many others. The girls were encouraged by their parents, coaches and friends to try out for the team. Coach Carter was looking forward to seeing all the talent of the 7th graders.
The girls will find out if they made the team on November 29, 2018 at 8:00pm through a number system. Each girl got a number and if their number appeared on the text, they made the team. Good luck to all the girls trying out.
All stories, photos and video footage by the seventh and eighth grade newspaper students.