by Kevin O'Rourke
While the Seneca Valley boys team continues its playoff run, two members of the girls team are preparing for one last game of their high school career.
Seniors Alanah Roy and Ciara Pannell have been selected to play in the Buffalo Wild Wings Roundball Classic All-Star Showcase Game to be played at the Hub Arena in Hagerstown on March 28. The game gives high school seniors one more platform to perform in front of numerous college scouts; and gives committed players a chance to showcase their skills for a charitable cause.
“It was surprising being picked from among the top players in this area,” said Alanah Roy, who averaged 14 points and nine rebounds per game, for the Screaming Eagles this year. “It is humbling. I am kind of scared and kind of nervous to see who is going to be there.”
Ciara Pannell was also surprised. “When I first found out I was like, Me? Out of all people? I was kind of shocked at first,” said Pannell, who played center for the Lady Eagles.
The girls' coach, Jennifer Hoffman was not surprised that these two seniors who have been playing basketball together since eighth grade were selected. “Both players have had numerous double-double games, scoring in double figures and grabbing double figures in rebounds. Alanah leads the team in assists, points and rebounds. She sees the floor very well and distributes the ball to her teammates. Ciara has improved her game tremendously. She was working hard to get in double figures in points and rebounds. Both are also team captains and lead the team on and off the floor,” said Hoffman.
“It speaks volumes about our team,” said Hoffman. “It shows that your record doesn't always portray the success of your team. Also that Alanah and Ciara have stood out and played some impressive games.”
“I can’t wait. I am really excited. I am looking forward to it. This is good because there is going to be a lot of college scouts there it will give me a chance to show what I can do,” said Pannell, who will be attending Virginia Union University in the fall, but is not on a basketball scholarship. “I want to play in college. I am looking forward to trying out as a walk-on.”
Pannell posted two double-doubles and averaged six points and seven rebounds per game in her senior season for Seneca Valley. He finished the season with 16 blocked shots.
Roy also said that she hopes to play in college, but is not committed to a school yet.
“Being team captains they have been key in showing the way to our younger players,” said Coach Hoffman. “They were great helping instruct the younger players and being true positive teammates. They took them under their wings and taught them how to fly.”
This is the second year the Seneca Valley will send two seniors to the Buffalo Wild Wings Roundball Classic All-Star Showcase Game, last year CeAyra Brown and Juanita Craig were part of the game. The game is one of the largest High School Basketball All-Star Showcases on the East Coast. Over 500 alumni of the game have gone on to play college basketball.