Chants gaining valuable experience

Delani Fahey (5) makes three-point field goal for the Chanticleers against Wheat State Elite on July 13, 2017 (NTV News)

KEARNEY, Neb. - The 2017 Miss Basketball Showcase is underway, bringing 20 platinum division rosters to Kearney from across Nebraska and the mid-west.

The Ord Chanticleers were one of the first to tip–off today against Wheat State Elite. As one of the few local teams playing in Ms. Basketball, Ord got off to a good start, defeating Wheat State, 61–43.

"I love coming to Ms. Basketball tournament because we see so many types of players and teams and all different types of competition, and it's always good for us to see new things," said guard Ali Smith, who scored 21 points in the opening victory.

The Chants believe their experience playing in this summer tournament provides a chance to keep improving.

"Most of them are select teams, we're a high school team, but most of them are select teams," said head coach Dexter Goodner. "So at anytime there's five players on the floor that can hurt you.

"You have to play perfect and you have to play great and that's how you get better, and it just makes you a better basketball player. If you don't want to work in the summer then you don't want to play in the post–season either."

Chanticleer basketball tips off again Friday at 10:10 a.m., taking on Colorado Shine 17 at the Health and Sports Center.

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