DERRY — The N.H. Lady Spartans, a fourth-grade AAU basketball team, recently brought home another championship, this one from a tournament in Foxbrorough, Mass.
The team, coached by Dan Dufour, includes 11 fourth-graders from the towns of Derry, Londonderry, Windham and Auburn.
Each girl plays winter basketball for their respective town. They all then took the next step and tried out for AAU in the late winter. They have worked hard, practicing twice a week and playing weekend tournaments most weekends this spring.
They played in seven tournaments this spring and ended the season with a record of 25-3. Of those seven tournaments, the Lady Spartans were champions in five.
Included in those championships were winning the New Hampshire States and Zero Gravity Nationals for fourth grade. In the Nationals championship game, the team was down by nine points at one point. They tied the game up with about 6 seconds left and went ahead to win with a buzzer swish, winning 27-25.