The Girls School Basketball All-Star Game took place on November 24th. The evening served as a showcase of the amazing talent found in our girls basketball program! Girls from different schools all over the city showed up to represent their teams and show off their individual skills. “She is excited!” said Shirley Ortiz about her daughter Alicia’s first All-Star Game, “She does well in school and gets good grades in order to play, so this is very exciting for her.”
First up was the JV Division in which the Lady Hoopers took on the Lady Ballers. The Lady Hoopers team was made up of girls from Lincoln King, West Village, Connor Creek, Voyageur, MTA, and DAAS. The Lady Ballers team consisted of girls representing David Ellis West, Chandler Park, Bethune, Allen, DEPSA, Bradford, and Hope Academy. “The girls are real excited for the All-Star Game,” said Josh Henry, one of the coaches from West Village, “It’s a great opportunity for them to be a part of and a reward to play in front of such a big crowd.”
The Varsity Division was divided into two games. First up was the “B” Division. The Lady Fire team was made up of girls representing UPA, Ludington, Brenda Scott, Chandler Park, DSLA, Nolan, Carver, and Hope Academy. The Lady Ice consisted of girls from West Village, Burns, David Ellis Detroit, David Ellis West, Lincoln King, One Redford, Detroit Leadership, Experiencia, and Hope of Detroit. After a long fought battle on the court, the Lady Fire took home the win over the Lady Ice.
Last up was the “A” Division. The Lady Spartans with representatives from Chandler Park, DAAS, Detroit Public Safety, and Allen took on the Lady Wolverines with girls from DEPSA, Voyaguer, Bradford, and MTA. The game was an exciting display of the skills the girls have learned this year! In the end, the Lady Spartans edged out a win over the Lady Wolverines.
All of the teams did a great job! Working together with new teammates is never easy, but the girls made it look like a breeze. One of the most exciting parts of each game was the three-point contest during each halftime! Even the police officers got in on the three-point contest action, but the girls were able to score more points than the officers!
Detroit PAL was also proud to announce the Girls Basketball Academic All-Stars. These are players who exhibit outstanding academic, athletic and leadership qualities. These girls work hard on and off the court and deserved to be honored in front of the crowd of family and friends.
Overall, the All-Star game was a huge success! The Girls School Basketball Championships take place on December 11th.