PLATTSBURGH - Hoopster Jordanne Manney has returned.
On Nov. 20, Jordanne competed in the 2010-11 NBA Fit,WNBA Fit Dribble, Dish, & Swish competition through the Clinton County Youth Bureau, completing the challenge in 23.19 seconds - the second highest time in the state.
By doing so, Jordanne made it to the Knicks Training Facility in Tarrytown Dec. 18, competing in the regional competition, which she again received the second highest time - though not enough to send her to the national competition.
"Her foul shot was the catch," explained her father and basketball coach, David Manney. "It went in and bobbled and popped out and she had to snag it, swish it the second time. But, it was a good experience."
"A lot of pressure," Jordanne added. "They didn't give you enough time to warm up in the beginning. It was three times doing the course and then you had to do it."
However, Jordanne did notice there was a lot of support from all the parents while she was competing.
Although she won't be heading off to the national competition in Los Angeles, Jordanne will be returning to Tarrytown this weekend for a New York Knicks versus Indiana Pacers game, having received two complimentary tickets from the NBA. She and her competitors will also be acknowledged during the game.
Jordanne said she is already planning on competing in the local competition again next year, something she hopes others her age will consider as well.
"I would tell them what you earn and what could happen if you won," she said.
David also hopes others will consider competing next year.
"We'd like to see more kids come and actually try out," he said. "It's a neat experience for kids to evolve. The nice part is it seems like the NBA and the WNBA are really pushing for physical fitness and keeping kids healthy. That's kind of the push behind the Dribble, Dish, & Swish - kids staying healthy."