Girls back from a long journey

AFTER six weeks away, five local teenagers have returned home weary but more knowledgeable about their basketball and the world at large.

As members of the East Coast Dunkeroos, the squad visited Taiwan, USA, Austria, Germany, San Marino, Slovenia and Italy playing in high school tournaments in Lovelady, Bryan and Bowie, Texas, and road games in Sudan and Gruver, Texas, as well as in Venice, Italy.

Their record of six wins and nine losses was a fine achievement considering that in most cases they played against girls two to three years older.

The Dunkeroos attended a Euroleague women's game in Venice as well as NCAA College games at Texas Tech, University of New Mexico, Eastern New Mexico University, Texas A & M and Oklahoma University, plus the highlight of attending a couple of NBA games at Dallas and Oklahoma City.

Visits to Rome and Venice, skiing in Angelfire, New Mexico, at Christmas, and a visit to Disneyland on New Year's Eve, were other highlights of their tour.

Local basketball identities Laurie Van Loo and Les Gough accompanied the girls as manageress and assistant coach.

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