The Granite State Lady Spartans 9th grade girls basketball team came out on top (4-0) in this year's Division I NH AAU State Tournament. The Spartans beat the Seacoast Spartans and New England Flames in pool play which ranked them #1 for tournament play. They defeated the Granite State Rockettes in the semifinals and the win awarded them a trip to the finals where they defeated the NH Elite. The Lady Spartans play a brand of basketball that includes teamwork and trust in each other as the girls put the success of the team first.
This is the team's third consecutive New Hampshire AAU Division I state title and the team has been 14-0 over three years of competing in the New Hampshire State Tournament in the 7th, 8th and 9th grade divisions.
Over the past three years, the team has been very focused on competing against some of the best AAU competition available in New England and the New York area. Head Coach Kent Coffey is proud to say that this team has shown “a balance of toughness and skill that has translated to great success on the court.”
Coach Kent feels it has been a great pleasure to coach these girls as they have continued to step up and use the skills that he and assistant coach Jeff Greeley have strived to develop, enabling the girls to compete at a high level.
The team is made up exclusively of girls from New Hampshire and the main driving force has been for these girls to be ready to contribute at the varsity level for their high schools.
The seven 9th graders on the team all played on their varsity high school basketball teams as freshmen.
This includes: Ashley Hill (Trinity High School), Kacie Coppinger (Pembroke Academy), Kailee Nute (Laconia High School), Amanda Murray (Bow High School), Maria Draper (New Hampton Prep), Peyton Osgood (Concord High School) and Natalie Compton (Laconia High School).
This team also includes two 8th graders who are contributing to the team at a very high level: Kelsey Coffey (Hooksett) and Andrea Fortin (Bow).Both girls are looking forward to the opportunity to contribute in the Girls’ Basketball programs at their high schools next year.
The Granite State Lady Spartans Organization was established in 2010 and currently has 8 teams,ranging from 5th to 11th Grades.