Ashland’s Kylie Chandler, New Philadelphia’s Tori Moreland face off in first round of online voting
High school girls basketball teams across the state begin postseason play this week. Each squad has the dream of their respective season culminating in hoisting a state championship trophy on March 21.
Ashland’s Kylie Chandler and New Philadelphia’s Tori Moreland share another common goal, as they both hope to end their high school hoops career by participating in a national 3-point contest to be aired on CBS as part of the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four weekend.
The senior student-athletes are in the running to be named the sixth and final contestant in the contest, which will be held in Indianapolis, Ind.
The American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk and 3-Point Championships will showcase 16 of the country’s top high school basketball players.
To earn the coveted final spot in the girls’ 3-point championship, supporters of each talented shooter will need help from their friends, family and school community.
The competition’s final participant, labeled as “America’s Choice,” will be decided through three rounds of online voting at highschoolslam.com/womens/3pt. First-round voting is already underway and pits Chandler and Moreland against one another.
Both competitors recognize the opportunity in front of them and are hoping to garner enough votes to earn a spot in the nationally televised event.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Chandler said. “Any support I can get would be fantastic. I’m honored to even be in the contest.”
While acknowledging the support of her coaches and teammates, Moreland expressed the same sentiment.
“I have worked extremely hard and it would be an amazing experience,” Moreland said. “My team’s success has allowed me to shoot as well as I have.”
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