O’Hara headed to USA U-16 hoop trials

Connecticut is sending two players to this week’s 2015 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team Trials in Colorado.

One of them is from Ridgefield.

Meaghan O’Hara, a sophomore at Ridgefield High School, was among the 124 players who were accepted as applicant athletes after submitting an online application.

Another 34 players were invited to the trials by the USA Basketball Women’s Developmental National Team Committee.

The 158 players from throughout the country will take part in skills sessions, performance seminars and scrimmage sessions at the trials, which take place May 21-25 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. The players are competing for one of 12 roster spots on the 2015 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team.

The national team will play in the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, June 24-28, in Puebla, Mexico.

“The U16 trials are an important event for us, because not only do we select a team that we hope goes on to win a gold medal, but we also want to take advantage of this opportunity to help make every player who attends trials a better athlete,” said Carol Callan, USA Basketball women’s national team director and chair of the USA Basketball Women’s Developmental National Team Committee. “As it has been for the past several open trials, the decision of selecting a 12-member roster from such a deep pool of talent will be a challenge for the committee, but it is a good challenge for us to have.”

The first two days of the national team trials will consist primarily of skills sessions and off-court sessions on health and performance on May 21 and 22. After scrimmage opportunities on the evening on May 22 and the morning of May 23, the roster may begin to be reduced.

Due to the number of athletes participating, the trials roster will be split into two groups for at least the first three days.

The 12 players for the 2015 USA U16 National Team, or finalists for the team, will be announced on the morning of May 25. The selected 12-member team will return to Colorado Springs for training camp June 14-22, before departing for the FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

O’Hara, a 5’10” forward, was a starter on the Ridgefield High girls basketball team that won the FCIAC championship in February. She received All-FCIAC honorable mention for the 2014-15 season.

Meaghan O'Hara

Ridgefield’s Meaghan O’Hara (right, shown chasing a loose ball against Wilton this season) is among the 158 players at the USA U16 national team trials. – Dave Stewart photo

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