The Next Level women’s basketball team, made up of players from Burnet, Marble Falls and Liberty Hill, are 6-0 after competing in weekend tournaments in Round Rock on April 10-11 and at Austin April 17-18.
The team includes Macsyn Gay, freshman at Burnet High School, Grace Gates in second year, and Sydne Massoletti junior; Marble Falls sophomores Tea Rodriguez, Emma Coziel, Avie Nail, Mackenize Farmer and Alyssa Berkman, freshman Lexie Edwards and juniors Emma Bindseil and Gia Lemon; and Ashlyn Calhoun, junior from Liberty Hill.
“My goal is to help kids train, to encourage them, to push them, to get the most out of them,” said coach Malcolm Canada.
While winning is fun, the coach said it’s not the end goal – it’s a by-product. The ultimate goal is to help players improve themselves so that they can be better contributors to their teams, families, friends and in the other roles they occupy.
“We want to have a trip where they understand the process of what it’s like to play on a team and get to know each other,” Canada said. “We want to encourage development and growth. We want to help them help their (high school) programs learn to win. We want to bring this championship pedigree. ”
Next Level will travel to compete in tournaments in Frisco, Mansfield and Cypress in the coming weeks.
“I can’t wait to see what we do in the next three tournaments,” said Canada. “These girls are dedicated, they are really determined to try to improve themselves. I appreciate this. Burnet County has some very good quality players. When they play at a high level, I think we’re one, two, or three of the best teams in the Austin area, period.