New Town High School sophomore to play in world basketball championship in the Netherlands


The 2011 USA Women’s U-16 National Team – featuring New Town High School’s sensational sophomore guard Jannah Tucker – was undefeated at the 2011 International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Americas Basketball Championship in Merida, Mexico, June 13-18. In winning the gold medal, the team has now qualified for the FIBA U-17 World Basketball Championship, to be held in the Netherlands in August 2012.

In the final game of the Americas Basketball Championship, Tucker, scoring 11 points with five rebounds and five assists, was one of four players to score in double digits. She also broke the USA U16 single-game record with her seven steals.

Tucker, a 6’ guard for the Lady Titans varsity basketball team, averaged 26.2 points, 12 rebounds, eight steals, and six assists per game last season, and she is one of the most prolific players in the school’s short history.

Tucker went to Colorado Springs, Colo., and competed against 115 players at the U.S. Olympic Training Center over the course of four days for one of 12 coveted women’s U-16 team spots.

Story by Reggie Brooks, physical education teacher, and Adam Carney, English teacher, New Town High School. Photo courtesy of New Town High School.
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