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Domeria Pratt cherishes memories at Ellwood Christian Academy

Domeria Pratt wanted a chance to end her stint at Ellwood Christian Academy on a good note.

The opportunity ended for Pratt on March 13 when Gov. Kay Ivey ordered the closing of K-12 schools statewide and AHSAA shutting down sports.

“It’s very frustrating because I wanted to be in school and do senior class stuff,” Pratt said. “I wanted to make more memories at Ellwood Christian Academy.”

Pratt was a high-scoring guard on The Selma Times-Journal All Dallas County girls basketball team and a cheerleader for the Lady Eagles.

“I’ll miss playing on the basketball team, my coaches, Pastor Gary Crum and the teachers,” Pratt said.

Pratt said a big moment of her ECA days was the beginning of her varsity basketball career under coach Nate Brown as a freshman three years ago.

“My favorite memory is from ninth grade when I joined the basketball team,” Pratt said. “When I came here, I wasn’t very good. By the time I was in the 10th grade, I improved as a player.”

Brown said he recognized Pratt’s talent level, but she needed polishing.

“When Domeria first came to Ellwood Christian, she had a slingshot shooting form and could only dribble left-handed,” Brown said. “I changed her jump shot, shooting form and her ball handling skills.”

The hard work paid off as Pratt finished her final two prep seasons on The Selma Times-Journal All Dallas County girls basketball team.

“When I showed Domeria stuff, she started playing real good,” Brown said. “She got better as a sophomore and a junior. She developed a work ethic.”

Pratt will graduate with honors next month. She has a 3.4 GPA and her goal is to have a career in the Coast Guard.