Area-based participants accounted for nearly half the full field and received royal treatment at the annual Mooresville High School Girls Basketball Jamboree.
To help all in attendance prepare for the fast-approaching official start of the state’s high school basketball season, a total of 10 teams hailing from throughout the territory convened at the MHS main campus gym to engage in multiple sessions.
A rich hometown connection was in place as well. As many as four of the teams brought closely-bound local ties to the court.
In addition to the Mooresville girls team, others included Lake Norman, Pine Lake Prep and Langtree Charter Academy.
Other teams helping form the roster featured Kannapolis A.L. Brown, West Rowan, South Rowan, Lincoln Charter, Northwest Cabarrus and Alexander Central.
Throughout the affair, which tipped off during the mid-morning and continued non-stop until the mid-afternoon hours, multiple appearances were on tap for all teams involved. Each of the entries engaged in as many as two of the controlled scrimmage sessions while the majority of those involved actually appeared in three showings during the day.
In cases where teams hailed from the same conference, as was the case regarding both Mooresville and Lake Norman as members of the I-Meck Conference as well as Pine Lake Prep and Langtree as cohorts within their PAC-7 Conference ranks, schedule makers made sure that none of them battled each other during the jamboree.
Two of the scrimmages were able to take place at once.
Two of the local teams were among the ones getting the event underway. Mooresville faced off against Pine Lake Prep in one of the two scrimmages tipping off the action in the morning’s opening contest.
MHS also filled its day with meetings with both South Rowan and West Rowan.
As for Pine Lake, it also squared off with West Rowan and Northwest Cabarrus.
In the case of Lake Norman, it also participated in a trio of sessions when taking on South Rowan, Alexander Central and Northwest Cabarrus, respectively.
Langtree Charter engaged in scrimmages with both West Rowan and Kannapolis.
All used the outing to also account for the opening of the preseason scrimmage season following the start of practice earlier in the week.
For nearly all as well, the appearances accounted for their final such outings before christening the start of the regular season that can get underway as early as Monday.