PLATTSBURGH - Eleven-year-old Jordanne Manney has only been playing basketball for three years, but her talent has already landed her a trip to New York City.
Jordanne took part in the 2010-11 NBA Fit,WNBA Fit Dribble, Dish, & Swish competition hosted by the Clinton County Youth Bureau Nov. 20, completing the challenge in just 23.19 seconds.
"She won ... for her age bracket, but her time was also better than anybody else's there," explained Jordanne's father David Manney.
The circuit included a combination of lay ups, foul shots, jump shots, dribbling and passing.
"They allow you as long as you need to practice and warm up and then when you felt you were ready, you went down to the other end to do the drill," explained Jordanne's mother Yvette Manney.
Yvette said Jordanne only practiced the drill twice before taking her chance.
"She did very well," Yvette said. "She's very blessed."
The two practice drills was the only practicing Jordanne had done in the previous months.
"She's pretty quick with a basketball which is good," said David, who is also Jordanne's coach for town basketball.
Despite being good at basketball, Jordanne had other reasons for taking part in the competition.
"I heard you could go all the way to L.A.," she said.
Before heading to Los Angeles, Jordanne will first get her chance to compete in New York City in the New York Knicks NBA/WNBA Fit Dribble, Dish, & Swish Regional Competition at the Knicks Training Facility Dec. 18.
"I'm excited," Jordanne said, adding she screamed when she received the call she had advanced.
While in New York City, Jordanne will receive a T-shirt, which she can wear when she goes to a Knicks game in January with the two complimentary tickets she will also receive.
Depending on how she does at the regional competition will decide if Jordanne will advance to the competition finals at the NBA All-Star Game in L.A.
To prepare for the Dec. 18 competition, David said he's been trying to get Jordanne into the Beekmantown Central School gym, where she attends sixth grade. However, she's only managed one practice thus far.
"Her town basketball should start this week," said David, "so hopefully we can sneak in a little extra time."
"We lay out the course as much as I could remember it," he added. "It's just to have a good time. She's already gone farther than most. If she wins the next level, it's just a good experience, and we get to catch a Knicks game."
"The biggest thing that we try to keep reminding her is the love of the game," added Yvette. "Just to enjoy it."