Fayetteville teens selected to try out for Olympic basketball team

FAYETTEVILLE -- Kendal and Ciara Moore grew up like sisters. Only a few months separate the 14-year-old cousins in age, and one huge opportunity is bringing them closer to their dreams.

This week the eighth graders will compete for slots on the 2015 USA Basketball Women's U16 National Team. Only 158 young players in the country have been chosen to tryout, and only 12 young ladies will make the team.

Both girls are going into tryouts cool, calm and collected.

"I'm ready," said Ciara, who plays point guard and averages 22 points a game. "Like even though there will be a lot of other girls with different talent, like I have a talent, too, so I'm going to play to the best of my ability that I can."

The best advice Kendal has received about tryouts is to keep pushing.

"If you mess up, it's okay to mess up," she said. "Just go back harder."

The Moore cousins are student-athletes at Fayetteville's Northwood Temple Academy. They make up two of the nine North Carolina players tapped for the tryouts.

To read more about the Olympic tryouts click here.

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