Sky's the limit for basketball player
AMHERST - Strong court sense has propelled Amherst's Taylor MacDonald to new heights as she travels to play basketball in the United States this weekend.
She will travel with the Team Nova Scotia under-16 squad to take part in a 60-team tournament in Vermont.
"I've never played basketball in the states before, so I'm really looking forward to the tournament," MacDonald said.
It's an under-17 tournament so Team Nova Scotia will be playing against girls mostly older than themselves.
Taking to the court against older girls is nothing new for MacDonald.
Though she graduates from Grade 10, today she is already a veteran of the ARHS senior girl's basketball team.
"She's been playing with them since Grade 9," her mother Karen said.
MacDonald attended three try-outs before she made it on to the Team Nova Scotia roster.
"They had 150 kids try out at the Team Nova Scotia basketball camp," Karen said. "She got called back for the second camp, then at the third camp they kept her."
What makes MacDonald's selection even more impressive is the fact she is one of only two girls on the 12-person team that comes from a Division 2 school. The rest of the girls are from Division 1schools.
"There's a girls from Antigonish who is also from a tier two team," Karen said.
The rest of the roster is made up of one girl from Kentville, one from Liverpool, two girls from Cape Breton and the rest from Halifax.
"A lot of the girls have played together already," MacDonald said. "So I'm kind of new to the team, but we all get along very well."
The team hasn't been together very long, but they have played two exhibition games and MacDonald said they are really coming together as a team.
What is the difference between high school basketball and provincial basketball?
"Provincial basketball is more competitive because you have to work for playing time," she said.
But there's no doubt about her allegiance to her high school team, especially to her high school coach Fred Gould.
"I love playing for Fred," MacDonald said. "He's an amazing coach."
But for now, the six-footer is concentrating on her new team. The week after her trip to Vermont the next month is booked chock full of basketball. In consecutive weekends she plays tournaments in Truro, Halifax and Saint John, N.B. There was a tournament scheduled in Montreal for the middle of August but it has since been cancelled with no time or place rescheduled as of yet.
Not long after that, it will be straight back to the ARHS basketball court where she hope her high school can win a provincial championship