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Nature Coast Tech hosts 8th Annual Girls Basketball Preseason Event

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The Lady Hornets tipped off the 8th annual 2-Day Girls Basketball Preseason Event hosted by Nature Coast Tech on Nov. 9th against Jones High School. Right from the start, Jones possessed the ball aggressively and dominated the court. The Orlando-based team executed direct passes. This match-up may have upset the Lady Hornets, but realistically these girls faced a level higher than they were accustomed to; And that’s a good thing. The girl’s basketball team from Jones High School averages 60 points per game and wins over 70% of their games.  “It’s preseason and I don’t worry about the score. I want the girls to learn not to quit, and the way to do that is through the competition. The girls realized that they could compete against a higher level,” said coach Hughes.

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In the second game of the night, Nature Coast Tech Sharks challenged the Sunlake Seahawks.  Coming from the 20/21 season with 10 wins and 11 losses, Girls Basketball Coach Emily Gore continues to create structure within her basketball program. “Preseason is to get great competition leading into the season to evaluate where our team is at currently. The goal is to see where we are as a team and make adjustments and evaluate moving into regular-season games,” Gore said.

Sharks girls basketball coach Emily Gore talks with Aminah Spellman.

Weeki Wachee and Nature Coast Tech closed the preseason event as the Lady Hornets rebounded with a win over NCT 33-39. Girls basketball season officially began on November 15. Nature Coast Tech and Weeki Wachee shall meet again on Nov. 19 at Nature Coast Tech. 

Sharks’
Gabriella Lee pushes past
a Seahawk during the Girls’
Preseason Tip-off event at
Nature Coast Tech on Nov 9. Photo by Alice Mary Herden.
Hornets’ Mya Domes prepares to pass the ball during the Girls’ Preseason Tip-off event at Nature Coast Tech on Nov 9. Photo by Alice Mary Herden.
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Alice Mary Herden
Alice Mary Herden is an award-winning professional photographer and writer focusing on nature and wildlife. From 2008 to 2021, Alice has owned Green-Fly Media LLC, a freelance photography business. She freelanced for Hernando Sun for five years covering sports, community, and environmental reporting. Alice was nominated for Agricultural & Environmental Reporting for articles published in Hernando Sun in the Florida Press Association Weekly Newspaper Contest. She placed second for Agricultural & Environmental Reporting and was awarded first place in Portfolio Photography in 2018 and took home first place in 2019. She was awarded the Robert J. Ellison Memorial Award for Portfolio Photography in 2018. She published three online magazines, Voices to Visions, a Dust and Shadows Magazine, which featured haunted locations and interviews with paranormal celebrities. Football Magazine was the first minor league football magazine in the state of Florida based on the United Football Federation football league that featured game coverage, interviews including former NFL players and College Coaches. She also created RAW- Real Amazing Wildlife featured nature and wildlife photography. Since 2015, Alice has been a volunteer at Chinsegut Conservation Center located in Brooksville, Florida. She helps with programs as well as organizing nature photography workshops. Alice is also a co-organizer for the yearly event ‘Chinsegut Wildlife Day’ and the ‘Wild Florida’ Photography Exhibit. Alice obtained two career diplomas, Wildlife/Forestry Conservation and Freelance Writing, from Penn Foster in 2019. She completed the Florida Master Naturalist Program core module courses: Upland, Freshwater, and Coastal Systems through the adult education UF/IFAS Extension program to obtain her Master Naturalist certification in September of 2020. She completed the Land Steward and Restoration Courses to obtain her title as an Advanced Master Naturalist. In September of 2020, Alice enrolled in a course at Cornell Lab Bird Academy to obtain her certification in Ornithology: Comprehensive Bird Biology, which she completed in October 2020. In January of 2021, Alice was hired for a part-time position with FWC as an Educational Specialist and in June of 2021 hired as Sponsored Project OPS for UF/IFAS in Hernando County. She is back writing for Hernando Sun and continues to publish photography and nature writing on her blog- FloridaNature.Net. Alice is married to Donald Herden Jr and resides in Weeki Wachee, Florida, with their two dogs, Bree and Willow.
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