Iyana Hairston attempts a shot in a game between the Columbus North International middle school girls’ basketball team and Dominion Fifth Avenue on Dec. 12, 2013. (Roar file photo)
The Columbus North International middle school girls’ basketball team has a record of 7-5 for the 2013-14 season.
The team is coached by Charles Jones and consists of seven girls. Charlea Henley, Iyana Hairston, Tasheona Parks, Sarai Swann and Rodneyka Groves are the starters, while Brittany Nell and Amiyah Coates.
The CNIS middle school girls’ and boys’ basketball teams practice and play games at Fifth Avenue Elementary, because the high school teams practice and play games at CNIS. The school provides bus transportation to Fifth Avenue for the middle school teams to attend practices and games.
Parks told The Roar that playing for the girls’ basketball team is “great.”
“We have our ups and downs, but we have it on our hearts and play on the court,” Parks said. “We give our best and do our best. “
Parks added that the team thinks Jones can be “annoying sometimes, but it’s nice sometimes.” She also said their practices are not very intense; during practice, the team warms up and then does the exercises it uses in games, Parks said.
Parks said Hairston and Henley are the best players on the team.
The biggest disappointment of the season for Parks, she said, was that the team’s game against the Columbus City Preparatory School for Girls was canceled due to weather. Parks said CNIS was defeated by the all-girls school early in the season, so she “wanted to return to them.”