The Charleston Swarm stormed to a title in the National Travel Ball Association basketball tournament in Myrtle Beach late last month.
The local club of 2023 graduates went 7-0 from June 27-30 and knocked off teams from North Carolina, Georgia and Florida, winning the championship game 46-39 after leading by as many as 15 points.
“I’m extremely proud of my girls,” said Swarm coach Ginnell Curtis, a Northwood Academy coach during the school year. “Going 7-0 was difficult because we played against some great teams from around the country, starting in the quarterfinals leading up to the championship.”
Alayah Birch and Kylee Kellermann were the team’s leading scorers, reaching double digits every game. Kellerman had a clutch bucket in the quarterfinals, draining a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Kayla Jones was the leading rebounder.
“This group is special because they understand the statement defense wins championships,” Curtis said. “Our full-court and half-court press provided steals and layups, which I started out in every game to give us a lead on most of our opponents.”
More Swarm team member are Zhaire Mack, Jessica Stoney-Patterson, Aubri Harris, Kennedy Rivers and Yannah Seaberry.
The players are middle schoolers from Northwood Academy, Daniel Island Academy, Philip Simmons and Palmetto Christian.