Two of Cayman’s best female basketball prodigies are excelling in the United States.
Chloe Powery and Alicia Turner, part of the Women of Valor basketball club under head coach Redver Ebanks, are spending part of their summer with Palm Beach Gardens Starzz travel team in Florida. The squad, an Amateur Athletic Union side under the Palm Beach Gardens Youth Athletic Association, has been competing in tournaments across the country, winning the latest one in Georgia.
Women of Valor member Ray Doxey says the girls are excelling abroad.
“Chloe [Powery] and Alicia Turner were selected to play and the team played in two NCAA-sanctioned exposure events tournaments in Suwanee, Georgia, and Murfreesboro, Tennessee,” Doxey said. “It was a 10-day road trip for them and the girls won their division in Suwanee. One very positive statement from the vice-president of girls basketball Dorian Hawkins was that these girls know how to play basketball, which is a direct result of coach Redver’s hard work in training the young ladies.
“There are more opportunities for players from Cayman to join up with this and other organizations, it is just that funding to get the players there is getting difficult.”
While in Tennessee, Powery and Turner competed in the Nashville Tournament of Champions in Smyrna. The efforts of Powery and Turner are the latest step in the relationship between the Women of Valor and Palm Beach area basketball. The club attended camps in Florida last summer, spending most of its time at Nova Southeastern University in Davie and Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach.
Most club members are part of the Welly’s Cool Spot women’s team that won the Cayman Islands Basketball Association 2013 National Women’s League crown. The team’s first-ever championship featured stellar performances from Powery, April Ebanks, Hannah Parchment and Khalian O’Connor.