BANGS— Although the Bangs High School basketball season ended long ago, it seems a playoff atmosphere with the gymnasium nearly filled to capacity for donkey basketball.
Tuesday’s fundraiser raised funds for all Lady Dragon athletes with BHS teachers, coaches and parents willing to take a few tumbles and kicks during Friday’s competition and their sacrifice did not go unnoticed by the Lady Dragons.
“It’s pretty cool having all of these people coming out and supporting us,” said Cloie Montague, BHS softball player. “Every dollar we get is for bags and equipment. They tell us ‘everything we get is for y’alls equipment. It helps a lot because it means we don’t have to buy the equipment ourselves or worry about things falling out of holes in our pockets.”
As for the Tuesday night’s action, those participated struggled scoring while mounted atop their donkeys. Blu Tidwell, a parent of a Bangs Lady Dragon, made the only shot in regulation throughout the night. The other two came in overtime free throws, but the low scoring did not detract from the fun.
“To see this many people show up, purchase tickets, enjoy the show and support our girls is awesome,” Lady Dragon basketball coach Kenny Prescott said. “We had more than 400 tickets sold to this. By my knowledge, that’s pretty much the whole town of Bangs. It’s awesome to see and basketball coach-wise it’s pretty cool to see the gym that full.”
Prescott said the funds raised Tuesday night will go to fund a variety of athletic equipment from shoes to travel bags across all BHS girls athletics.
“With all of the schools constantly trying to find money in their budgets, this provides our athletes the equipment, travel gear and bags, which help our programs run smoothly. It’s also used as a way to promote our programs. If you have nice things, then kids are likely to participate more.” Prescott said. “
Before coming to Bangs, Prescott served as girls basketball coach at Moody High School and said donkey basketball had been a regular event during his tenure with the Lady Bearcats.
“It’s a little crazy, but if you get the right donkey it’s pretty easy,” Prescott said. “That’s why we try to get the teenage boys out there so they can have the rough one. I did at the previous school I was at. It’s through the same company, which is why I was able to get this here … I was told they did this about 10 years ago, maybe more than that. It gets everybody involved with the program. It’s one of those things where you get to see [the fans] faces and they get to see yours.”