Lady Mariners basketball
Girls basketball offers three levels of competitive play: Varsity, Junior Varsity (JV) and middle school. The teams compete in the SCACS state league, 2-A level, but play a host of non-league games against area public, private, and charter school teams.
Student athletes in grades seven and above can participate in varsity basketball. While older high school players normally get more playing time, younger players -- especially those with experience and skill -- are developed in and around the older leaders.
Junior varsity provides a training ground for future court leaders
Student athletes in grades 6-10 can play in junior varsity matches, which feature shorter quarters, and usually a slower pace, than varsity play.
Those in grades seven and above can participate in varsity matches, too, depending upon student ability, level of competition, and coaches' discernment. Overlap between the JV and varsity roster in grades 7-10 allows coaches the flexibility to help players to experience playing time in situations in which they are qualified. The JV team typically participates in a season-ending junior varsity tournament.
Middle school players learn valuable skills
Girls in grades 6-8 can participate in the middle school developmental level. Players learn valuable skills and get reinforcing playing time, as they prepare for the faster game at the higher levels.