Even in summer, former De Soto star holds court
If there is a pickup basketball game to be played this summer, Amy Petty will probably find it.
The former De Soto girls basketball player has had little trouble filling her life with basketball since the winter sports season ended in early March.
Petty has been playing on a tournament basketball team this summer called the Hoop Stars.
The collection of Kansas girls high school basketball talent was formed earlier this year when many of the Stars participated in an all-star basketball game.
"The girls all knew each other from playing with each other in the past," Petty's mother and coach Crystal Petty said. "They had fun playing with each other again so we decided to form a team."
In a tournament last weekend, only five of the eight players on the squad were able to suit up because of injuries or vacation. But that didn't deter the team from winning the tournament.
Petty and her teammates blasted the Humboldt Colts 50-16, SEK Extreme 57-20, Chanute 62-21 and SEK Crush 65-37 before squeaking out a 43-37 championship win over the KC Hoop Service in the championship. But it wasn't easy.
Since each player had to play every minute of every basketball game over the weekend, fatigue and foul trouble sometimes crept into the games.
"In the games you think you can win, you zone and try to conserve energy," Crystal Petty said of the coaching staff's game plan. "We made sure they all had plenty of fluids and got plenty of rest in between games."
The elder Petty added that most of the girls were pretty smart about pulling back if foul trouble caught up with the team.
Amy Petty is the team's point guard, but she still displayed plenty of offense in the five games. She ran off games of nine points, 15, 16, 13 and 10. Although the Hoop Stars don't tabulate assists, the coach said her daughter did a good job of distributing the ball.
When the Hoops Stars get the chance to run, they take advantage of their talent.
"We are a good transition team," Crystal Petty said. "Our big girls are very mobile, so we can run."
Petty has also been spending Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays with her future college team, MidAmerica Nazarene University. Petty said she thought she'd play shooting guard at MNU.
Before she begins classes Aug. 3 and reports to practice in October, Petty will compete in more tournaments and an all-star game this summer.