Thanks to help from Delta Airlines, Mercer County girls basketball team will get to Phoenix Tuesday

By LARRY VAUGHT

Finally some good news for the Mercer County girls basketball trip that had its trip to Phoenix to play in the prestigious Nike Tournament of Champions ruined Sunday by Frontier Airlines cancelling the team’s flight and offering no help to get the Lady Titans to Phoenix any other way.

Mercer County Chris Souder said that Delta Airlines has worked with his team and some players and coaches will take a Delta flight out of Louisville early Tuesday morning and be in Phoenix by noon. Arrangements have also been made for other players and coaches to get to Phoenix while parents who were on the original Sunday flight have also been making alternate plans to get to the Nike Tournament of Champions.

Travel agent Debbie Sebastian of Danville worked with a Delta supervisor who told Sebastian when the tickets were booked, “Delta says go get’em Titans.”

Now that is what I call an airline that cares about its customers.

The team worked about a year to raise money for this trip that is by invitation only and brings together some of the nation’s top girls teams. Mercer had to forfeit the game it had scheduled Monday but will play games Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Souder told his players not to even pack their practice gear.

“We are going to play the games but we are also going to have fun,” said Souder. “I want the girls to have fun.”

He said booster club president Amanda Lewis worked tirelessly to reschedule flights and that Delta Airlines went out of its way to work with the Lady Titans on both a flight and pricing.

He also praised Nike officials for helping take care of making sure the team and parents did not get charged for hotel rooms booked for Sunday and Monday nights due to Frontier Airlines’ fiasco with this team and many other travelers across the country.

So while it will be inconvenient not to have all the players on the same flight and getting to Phoenix two days late thanks to Frontier Airlines — The Grinch Who Stole Phoenix — at least the Titans now have a plan to get there.

 

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