Vaughn takes her cage skills to the international court

Dundas native Jenny Vaughn has been named to Canada Basketball’s 2008 Junior Women’s National Team, set to represent the country at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship taking place July 23-27 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Vaughn is an 18-year-old, 5’9 guard who played for St. Mary’s High School and the Burlington Panthers. One of her teammates will be Milton’s Kayla Alexander, a 6’4 centre.
Canada Basketball describes the team as ” an exciting representation of upcoming basketball talent from across Canada” featuring two players from Nova Scotia, one each from New Brunswick, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Alberta, two from British Columbia and four from Ontario.

“We had a great tryout — all the girls from the invitational and open sessions all competed like crazy” said Junior Women’s National Team head coach Rich Chambers. “The choices were extremely tough and we’re very proud of the competitive spirit and nature of all the girls who tried out. None of the girls had egos — they all were there for each other even though they were competing.”

The Junior Women are currently training at Barrie’s Georgian College, where they will practice and reside side-by-side with Canada’s Senior Women’s National Team for a week before flying to Argentina on Sunday, July 20.

Canada’s last Junior Women’s National Team captured a silver medal in the 2006 U18 FIBA Americas Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo., followed by a ninth place finish at the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championships in the Slovak Republic.

The 2008 squad, which is highlighted by seven members of the 2007-2008 National Elite Development Academy class, seek to better on that result this summer. The top four finishers who emerge from the upcoming Argentine tournament will automatically be qualified for the 2009 FIBA World U19 Championship for Women to be held in Thailand July 23-Aug. 2.

“We play tough teams in all our games” said Chambers of the qualifier. “Hopefully if we continue to improve we’ll be in a great frame of mind and be able to battle everyone we play.”

The schedule for Canada’s Junior Women’s National Team at the 2008 FIBA Americas U18 Championship is as follows:

July 23 — Canada vs. Brazil
July 24 – Canada vs. USA
July 25 – Argentina vs. Canada
July 26 – Puerto Rico vs. Canada
July 27 – Venezuela vs. Canada