Students, faculty, teammates and family watched in a socially-distanced Stevens-Chase Center on Wednesday November 11, 2020 as Seniors Trinity and Tirzah Moore signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa. Trinity and Tirzah are the first two Girls Basketball players from Jones to sign a national letter of intent to an NCAA Division I school in program history.
The excitement of the moment was not lost on 5th year Jones Girls Basketball Coach Jenni Holbrook, “It is very exciting for us. We are glad they are going to represent Jones. We know they are going to do a great job.” Coach Holbrook additionally emphasized the impact a moment like this can have on the entire town, “It is an exciting thing for Jones. It brings attention to the basketball program, to our school, to our community.”
Tirzah and Trinity both stand at 6’1″ and play forward for the Longhorns. The duo combined for an average of 19.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per game and played a vital role in helping Jones reach the State Tournament for the first time in school history.
Stephan and Scotia Moore were joined by other family and friends who attended the event. “We are excited they get to further their basketball careers in college. We are even more excited they are getting full rides to college,” smiled Scotia Moore on Wednesday morning. Their mother also emphasized the overall college experience the girls will have at a place like ORU, “They will have an opportunity to grow as young ladies and spiritually, especially at a school where their faith will be central to everything that they do.”
The girls’ father Stephan Moore was excited about the college experience as well, “With the types of teams they will get to play in their conference, they will have a fun experience over there. They will get to play some bigger schools. We’re excited for them.” The Moore family has extended family in the Tulsa area, which will be an added bonus. “It is meaningful for us. We have family in Tulsa that can see them and support them.” Stephan Moore is no stranger to the college basketball signing process, as he played for the University of Arkansas from 1984-1988. “This is a fun re-visit to that season of life.”
Trinity and Tirzah gave plenty of credit to teammates, coaches and hard work for their success. “I am excited, glad for the opportunity, thankful to God and my parents for helping me get here” said Tirzah. Trinity continued, “I am super excited for this opportunity. I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time. Our coaches have helped prepare us. The team has helped push us. We’ve worked really hard, and it’s good to see the fruition of what you’ve worked for.”
Tirzah and Trinity are in the Class of 2021, which means that Coach Holbrook and the Jones Community will get one more year to watch the girls on the court. The twins will join their teammates in reviving the goal to hang another banner of the Stevens-Chase Center wall this Spring. While the girls will go away for college, there is a good chance you’ll still see them around Jones. “We’ll be close enough to home to swing by for a home cooked meal.”