Team D.E.F.F. ladies take the court

  • Friday, July 25, 2014

Eileen Keithly/South Strand News The ladies of Team D.E.F.F. hone their skills July 21 at Beck Gymnasium. Lady D.E.F.F. plays in Andrews on July 26. The tournament begins at 9 a.m.

The ladies of Team D.E.F.F. took to the court at the Beck Recreation Center gymnasium July 21 in preparation for their basketball tournament in Andrews on July 26.

“We are making sure we are ready for Saturday,” Jakalya Cox related after she wove the basketball around a crowd of defenders at the net.

“We need all the practice and all the court time we can get.”

Cox said the girls are struggling for court time because for now, until the Howard Gymnasium is restored, they share the court with others in the community looking for free-play basketball at the Beck gymnasium.

The girls, practicing without their coaches, seemed determined and focused to drill on their own in preparation for Saturday’s tournament.

Interviewed at the boys Team D.E.F.F. tournament in June, the girls collectively agreed that playing on the D.E.F.F. team makes them better athletes during the school year.

Most of the girls playing for Team D.E.F.F. also play on the Georgetown Middle and High School teams.

They all see eye-to-eye on another point as well.

All the girls believe the coaches at Team D.E.F.F. serve as life mentors and role models, and the lessons they learn during practice go far beyond basketball.

Basketball is what brought all of them together, they say, but it is the coaches who keep them working together as a team, on and off the court.

Team D.E.F.F. stands for Determined, Educational, Fundamental and Fun.

The smiles on the girls’ faces and the determination in their eyes showed the girls are bringing all of that to the court.

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