Posted 11:07 p.m. MST
Girls basketball players from schools all over the desert southwest are stepping out of normal bounds this weekend.
They came together for the Spring Fling tournament at Cibola High school to playing on teams with members from schools they normally consider rivals.
"You make new friends. You get to know them. You know their weaknesses and strengths, said Cibola Senior Mariah Carter. "Some of my team [members are] on a different team. I know their weaknesses and strengths so I'll prove to them that I know that.
No coaches were allowed, putting the ball in the players' court to practice their team building and leadership skills.
"There's not really one leader on the team," said Erica Baltenegros, freshman at Cibola. "It's takes everyone to be a team. So we work together."
The event brought out about 70 players this year, making it the biggest turn out since it started five years ago.
Just Hager, head girls' basketball coach, was happy to bring the area high schools together.
"It's fun for the kids. It gives a different flavor a little bit," said Hager. "Instead of playing for the girls on their own team, they get to play with kids from other schools to try to reach one goal."