Basketball took on an international flair at Carroll on Sunday, Dec. 9, when the girls Varsity and JV teams scrimmaged teams from Box Hill Senior Secondary School College out of Mont Albert North, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, located a mere 10,286 miles from the Carroll campus.
Philadelphia 76ers star point guard Ben Simmons attended Box Hill before coming to America.
Prior to the opening tip, the Australian and American national anthems were played, and players from both teams exchanged gifts.
“Once the teams stepped on the court the competition was strong,” said Carroll Coach Renie Shields. “Led by Marquette-bound Shama Ayers, the Aussies showed their basketball prowess moving the ball quickly to find the open Ayers. When she was not shooting the team worked the ball to their lengthy guard Leia Hanafin, who swiftly moved the ball or connected on lay-ups.
“The Carroll team showed their own basketball brand transitioning down the court finding open lay-ups and 3’s. In the end the basketball competition paled in comparison to the experience the Carroll team members gained in speaking to and learning from their Box Hill friends.”
Box Hill players stayed two nights with the families of Carroll student-athletes during their visit to Philadelphia. They were shown the sights, foods and sounds of the Philadelphia area. Pizza and the King of Prussia Mall were highlights of the weekend for the Aussies.
“Playing an international game is highlight for any player,” said Kelvin Taylor of Showtime Basketball Australia, which helped to organize the games.