Montgomery Lady Magic returns to the capital city
The semi-pro women’s basketball program held its first game of the 2021 season against the Georgia soul on Sunday.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The Montgomery Lady Magic have been hooping in the capital city for about three years now, but a change in ownership has the team hoping for growth this season.
And in their 2021 debut, that was validated with a full gym and a great competition.
“We’re super excited about bringing this league and this game of women’s basketball, semi-professional, back to the city of Montgomery,” said owner Adria Harris. “It means that people are seeing what we’re doing, but it’s also touching people in the community as well. Being able to show young girls that after playing high school ball or college ball, they’ll be able to have a platform like this in Montgomery, so the support was really, really great today, and hopefully, we can continue to keep that throughout the season.”
The Lady Magic currently play in the WABA or the Women’s American Basketball Association. It’s a semipro league with a few different rules, but the goal is still the same: winning championships and developing young ladies for the next level.
“We have about 34 teams in the league now,” said Harris. “We have teams from the East Coast, West Coast, Midwest, and the South, so it’s really, really growing, and it’s a great platform for these girls to be able to get seen to go to the WNBA or overseas.”
The team needed a little more magic in the season opener, falling to the visiting Georgia Soul 73-69, but Harris says it’s was a great start to a great season.
“Today was awesome. I think our girls - this is the first game, so you got a couple jitters and things like that, so we were just kind of getting the wrinkles off and everything and just kind of getting loose,” said Harris. “I thought my girls played well and they fought hard. To be able to fight back from being down that much shows a lot of heart and guts, so I’m excited about what’s to come.”
Although game one didn’t end in a win on the scoreboard, it was a victory for women’s basketball.
“The WABA has created something that is needed on the women’s side of basketball, and it just means that they’re going to be able to have the same opportunities that men have in the G League. It’s just something that can carry on for years to come. I really, really believe in the WABA, I believe in my team and my coach and my players, so we’re just excited to be able to have the opportunity to play, especially after coming out of the whole pandemic, so we’re excited.”
All home games will be played at Carver High School. The Lady Magic also has the bonus of hosting the Final Four postseason tournament from Oct. 22-24.
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