TC District represented in Hawaii's USA Tourney National Basketball Championship

McGertt, Williams, Maho, Sheppard, Yellow and Williams represent TCUSD

Photo courtesy of Kim Williams

Tuba City District #15 was recently honored by its six young women basketball representatives in the USA Tourney National Basketball Championship in Oahu, Hawaii. Pictured, from left, are Tierra Maho (Hopi Tribe), Nicole Yellow (Navajo Nation), Alicia McGertt (Navajo Nation), Candace Williams (Navajo Nation), Tierra Shepperd (Navajo Nation) and Amber Williams (Navajo Nation).

Photo courtesy of Kim Williams Tuba City District #15 was recently honored by its six young women basketball representatives in the USA Tourney National Basketball Championship in Oahu, Hawaii. Pictured, from left, are Tierra Maho (Hopi Tribe), Nicole Yellow (Navajo Nation), Alicia McGertt (Navajo Nation), Candace Williams (Navajo Nation), Tierra Shepperd (Navajo Nation) and Amber Williams (Navajo Nation).

TUBA CITY -- Six young, extremely talented Tuba City District School women basketball athletes recently represented Tuba City in the Oahu, Hawaii, USA Tourney Sport National Basketball Championships, July 2005.

Two of them played in the eighth-grade division: Nicole Yellow and Tierra Shepard.

The additional four played in the ninth-grade division: Alicia McGertt, Amber Williams, Tierra Maho and Candace Williams.

The young women were split up into two separate teams representing the State of Arizona.

Each of the Tuba City basketball representatives were selected by coaches from different regions.

The Tuba City District representatives were interviewed by a local Hawaiian reporter while there who couldn't believe these Tuba City natives traveled so far to play basketball and even more amazing, each had raised all the funds necessary to go to represent Tuba City on their own with their families as support.

The final USA Tourney results:

Ninth-grade division

•Alicia McGertt's team placed second in the overall tournament and also placed third in the free throw competition. McGertt played point guard and averaged 7 assists and 10 points per game with 5 rebounds.

• Candace Williams's team placed third in the tournament and averaged 5 assists. She averaged 4 points per game and also played point guard for her team.

• Amber Williams team played fifth in the tournament and averaged 6 points a game, 4 rebounds, 3 assists per game. She played both forward and guard positions for her team.

• Tierra Maho's team placed sixth in the final tournament and averaged 4 points per game, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists while playing a guard position.

Eighth-grade division:

• Nicole Yellow's team placed second in the final tournament. She placed third in the 3 on 3 competition, averaged 12 points per game and 6 rebounds. She played power forward and guard for her team.

The Tuba City Girls USA Tourney Basketball Head Coach, Kimberly Williams, said she was very pleased with the final tourney results and felt it was a great experience to travel to the beautiful islands, for both competition and cross cultural exchange experience.

"As their coach, I was very proud and I know the community of Tuba City would be so proud of these young girls," Williams said.. "They were very humble in their competition and displayed all of the positive sportsmanship qualities we strive for but most of all, they each played as a full team player. I noticed at the beginning of the competition, the coaches were not sure whether they could play but towards the end of the competition, they relied heavily on our TC girls to lead the Arizona State teams. Each of these young ladies, has the ability to do this for any team they play for. On behalf of the six young women who represented our Tuba City District, I want to thank everyone who helped us raise the money to go to this tourney in Hawaii. Tuba City local community people bought raffle tickets, donated items, and money, and gave us so many words of heartfelt encouragement, thank you so much. It was a lot of work to raise this much money, but to invest in a child's education and a child's future, no one can ever go wrong. A big thank you to the Tuba City School District and to the Tuba City District Transportation Department."

For more information about the Tuba City USA Tourney Girl Basketball representatives, call the Tuba City District Office of Public Relations at 928-283-1072.

(Rosanda Suetopka Thayer is Public Relations Director for Tuba City Unified School District.)

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