The Moon Area High School (MAHS) girls varsity basketball team participated in the Diamond State Classic (DSC) Holiday Tournament December 27-30, 2018, at St. Elizabeth High School in Wilmington, Delaware.
All proceeds from the event benefited Delaware charities including the Delaware Special Olympics and the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation, a charity that benefits pediatric cancer patients.
During the tournament, the Lady Tigers defeated Howard School of Technology 67-60 in overtime to advance to the Orthopedics Cup Championship against Padua Academy. The Lady Tigers fell 50-44 in the championship game, but left the tournament with a meaningful experience and several awards.
Prior to the tournament, the Lady Tigers welcomed three-year-old B+ Foundation Hero and cancer patient, Emily Higgins, as an honorary teammate.
“Her presence lit up the gym the second she walked in and the girls cherished every minute with her,” said assistant coach, Ms. Meghan Mastroianni. “Emily made such a difference in the girls' lives that the team will continue to communicate and stay in touch with her and her family,” said Mastroianni.
At the conclusion of the tournament, the team was given the John King Sportsmanship Award for their kind actions and positive attitudes.
MAHS sophomore, Jursye Smith, was also awarded the Andrew McDonough Award, which is given to a player who embodies positivity. Freshman, Reilly Sunday, earned the Karen “KJ” Johnson Award by displaying humility while also demonstrating leadership through her work ethic.
Congratulations, Lady Tigers, on achieving so many positive accolades and welcome to the Tiger community, Emily!