Lady Bison compete in Florida


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Assistant coach Pat Roberts gives the players last-minute instructions before the team takes on their first game in the tournament. The varsity team won third place in the tournament against teams from all over the nation.

    The Lady Bison basketball team recently traveled to Florida to compete in the annual KSA tournament held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. While placing third in the tournament, Jordan Jenkins and Maci Hoffman also brought home “MVP” medals. Jordan also sparked the interest of a college scout of  Univ. of South Florida.

    “All of my planned goals were accomplished,” head coach Jozette Jenkins said. “The girls had fun, they competed well and peaked the interest of college scouts and recruiters.”

    Game one took place versus Fairport Harbor from Ohio.  Despite a bit of jetlag from their red-eye flight to Florida, the Lady Bison opened with a bang, easily defeating the Fairport team.

     “The girls really impressed me with the way they opened the game,” Coach Jenkins said. “They were determined from the start and never let up.”

     The second game pitted the girls against Tellico Plains from Tennessee. Tennessee team handed the Lady Bison their first and only loss of the tournament. Jenkins said the team was fundamentally sound and well coached.

    “They disrupted our routine from jump, and we never managed to settle down and play our game,” Coach Jenkins said. “However, they did state afterwards that we’d given them a good run for their money.”

    Between games, the girls and family members who had travelled with them took advantage of the nearby Disney parks, cramming in as much fun as they could while still remaining rested enough to compete. Their third and final game proved that they could compete on the national level; winning against Mt. Dora Bible Academy from Florida meant that the team finished third and brought some hardware back to Texas with them.

    “I couldn’t have asked for a better finish,” Coach Jenkins said. “I’m proud of the way the girls competed and represented BHS and the Buffalo community.  I’m very thankful that the girls were afforded this opportunity to compete nationally.”