The holiday season is filled with joy, cheer, and of course traveling.
Many travel to visit family members. Santa travels all over the world to deliver toys.
And basketball teams travel to play in tournaments.
This includes two local girls teams that will travel to distant locales for some prestigious matchups.
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For a second straight season the Brock Lady Eagles will compete in the Atlantis Beach Bash in Nassau, Bahamas. Also, the Millsap Lady Bulldogs will travel to Oxford, Mississippi to compete in the O-Town Challenge.
In Nassau, teams from all over the United States and Canada are making the journey for the elite event. The Lady Eagles will open play against Wallaceburg High from Ontario, Canada Thursday at 8:30 a.m.
That same day at 4, the Lady Eagles will meet St. Augustine from the Bahamas. Friday at 12:30 p.m. they will face Gatewood, Georgia, and wrap up play against Lexington Catholic of Kentucky Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
"Last year the competition was great and we went 2-2 in the tourney and placed third in our pool," said Brock coach Chance Westmoreland.
"KSA is the organization that hosts the tournament and they also have basketball tournaments in Orlando, Florida. We traveled to that tourney in 2012."
Westmoreland said among the non-game activities, his players will visit a local orphanage.
"This will be a great cultural experience for our team," he said. "I’m hoping the competition and team bonding will help us in district and beyond."
Meanwhile, the Millsap Lady Bulldogs will be Oxford, site of the University of Mississippi - otherwise known as Ole Miss.
"We will have the opportunity to tour their facilities and hopefully watch a workout," said Millsap coach Ron Berry. "It is great to show kids good college atmospheres so perhaps it will inspire them to go to college and want to have the same experiences."
Millsap assistant coach Nick Hatten is from Oxford and set up the invitation, said Berry. He also said the mothers of the team’s players put together a golf tournament fundraiser to help with expenses so the school district is not having to contribute.
The O-Town Challenge features a mixture of public and private schools. The Lady Bulldogs will face two of the top private schools in Mississippi.
On Friday they will meet Amory High School at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at 10:30 a.m. they take on Madison-ridgeland Academy. All games are at Oxford High.
"The competition will be tremendous as well as seeing the different playing styles of a different part of the country," said Berry.
"This is a great opportunity for our kids to showcase their talent and get exposure to college coaches."