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The DeLaura Middle School basketball team will send standout players to Viera High School in the future.

The future looks promising for Viera High School girls basketball.

DeLaura Middle School in Satellite Beach just completed a 16-0 season in girls basketball, which was capped by the Brevard County Middle School Championship. It defeated Madison Middle School in the championship game after beating Stone Middle School by 12 points in the semifinal.

The victory in the semifinal was its closest game of the season. Most of its victories were by 20 points or more.

The squad won just two games last season after going winless the season before that.

Most of the players will enroll at Viera High School next year.

“Avari Bowley was our team leader,’’ said DeLaura Athletic Director Candee Terry, whose husband Rob and daughter Jessica coached the team. “She was a strong inside player and rebounder. She was also very unselfish.’’

Demi Reck, a seventh grader who eventually will attend Viera High, was the starting point guard.

“She was a very good ball handler. She was able to control the tempo and she was able to beat most presses.’’

After shuffling seasons due to COVID-19, the public school conference for seventh and eighth graders settled on a fall season.

“Halyn Hargis was an all-around, smart and savvy player,’’ Terry said. “Izzy Ownbey played well as a returning guard, Kayla Martrigali brought height and experience as a good role player, and Jazzy Bradley and Lexi Burchinal were two important defensive players. Katerina Thomas missed most of the season, but she came back at the end of the season and added a new dimension to our team. She picked everything up so quickly.’’

Jaidyn O’Leary, Jaile Hook, Ana Barcelos, Samantha Gibbs and Luciana Alfaro also played for the team.

“You could see from the first practice that this would be a special team,’’ Terry said. “They cheered each other on, they shared the ball and they were so unselfish.’’