The IMG Academy basketball program held their annual Senior Night ceremonies last Friday, as they honored the 13 men and women who led their teams with desire and class. The seniors were accompanied to center court by parents, siblings, friends and coaches, where the head coaches shared sentiments about their respective players.
They were stirring moments, that only became more so when the players shared long hugs with their coaches and mentors,before gathering with their fellow seniors for the final time. Following the ceremonies each team played their final home game of the season.
Following is a recap for each team...
WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM - Coach Shell Dailey
SENIORS: Alyssa Mann and Hayley Alexander
Senior Point Guard Alyssa Mann (#12) had her jersey retired after completing her entire high school career at IMG Academy. Prior to the game on Senior Night Alyssa suffered a season ending injury. However, she was able to start the final game of her career, scoring the first basket before being substituted and given a standing ovation.The crowd, officials, visiting team and, of course, her teammates and coaches all showed their appreciation for what Mann had given to the program. An emotional moment was shared by her and Coach Shell Dailey, who has coached and mentored Alyssa since she was a freshman.
The Women's National Team lost a nail biter to South Carolina's Lady Falcons, 70-63.Briahanna Jackson lead all scorers with 36 points, while also contributing 7 Rebounds, 4 Steals, 3 Deflections and 2 Assists.Senior Hayley Alexander scored double figures with 14 points and shot 50% from beyond the arc.
Saturday's matchup against Potter's House Christian Academy was a season end to an intense Florida rivalry.In a losing effort IMG guard Briahanna Jackson scored 26 points to go along with 10 rebounds, 2 steals while also drawing two charges. Mallory Ross contributed 12 points and 8 Rebounds. The team finished the season with a record of 27-8, as Coach Shell Dailey remains having never had a losing season.
MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM - Coach Vince Walden
SENIORS:David Andoh,JP Balavoine,Enrico Bueno,Danny Clark,CJ Holmes,Ricardo Ramos,Charles Smith,Caleb Tannehill
MEN'S JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM - Coach Nate Vander Sluis
SENIORS:Tyler Talmadge,Patrick Toure,Mauricio Hinojosa