TAYLOR COUNTY— One local coach’s goal of building a stronger program at the high school level is on a path to fruition with the recent success in garnering interest in a newly created feeder program.
Last year, Grafton High School Lady Bearcat Basketball Head Coach Andrew Moore expressed an interest in creating an all-girls youth league for the young lady ballers in Taylor County. However, the outbreak of the pandemic temporarily halted his plans. But now, that he can proceed, Moore has made his dream a reality, creating the area’s first league exclusive to young females.
The Alley Cats All-Girls Basketball league accepted registration from aspiring female basketball players in grades two through six back in September, and the response surpassed all expectations, being greater than Moore had ever imagine.
He revealed that upon completion of registration, the league had nearly 60 girls sign up.
“I was blown away by the number of girls that have committed to playing this winter with us,” Moore expressed. “We have registered 59 girls, ranging from second to sixth grade. I am thankful for the parents of these young ladies, as they have made a commitment to their child, as well.”
Moore shared that is it the mission of the Alley Cats teams to have fun, learn the fundamentals of the game and assist each player in the development of their character.
“Our goal is to build a strong foundation in which the middle school program can expand on and get the girls ready for high school,” he shared.
With the amount of interest the program has gained, coupled with those who have committed and the graciousness of volunteer coaches, Moore was able to create six teams for the all-girls league; one second grade team, three third and fourth grade teams and two made up of fifth and sixth graders.
In addition, because this community is known for rising to the challenge and lending a hand where area youths are concerned, the league has solicited ample support from local businesses to sponsor the inaugural season.
“Because of all of the sponsorships we received, all of the children playing in the league will be provided a uniform at no cost to them,” Moore reported.
While the Alley Cats’ official schedule has yet to be released, league play is slated to begin in December, with all games being played in local Morgantown Gymnasiums, and the girls have already been hitting the court to prepare for the season ahead.
“We are excited for our Alley Cats to begin play, but most importantly, we are excited for our girls to learn the game and build friendships that will last a lifetime,” Moore commented.