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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Memphis Area 2017 Class Signings

Please email popo@girlsbasketballtrainer.com commitments/signing updates and pictures.







Zaire Hicks


Damiah Griffin


Johnna Jones




Tamia Aldridge (Bolton/Team Slink) - signed with Bryan College
Teal Battle (White Station/Lady Mambas) - committed to Arkansas-Little Rock
Tasia Bland (Raleigh-Egypt) - signed with Dyersburg State
Emily Evans (Southaven/Lady Mambas) - signed with East Mississippi CC
Shaela Gardner (Houston/TN Flight) - Signed with Chipola College
Damiah Griffin (White Station/Team Penny) - committed to UT Martin
Zakyia Head (Raleigh-Egypt) - signed with Dyersburg State
Zaire Hicks (White Station/Lady Mambas) - committed to UT Martin
Erica Jones (Southaven/Lady Mambas) - committed to Kentucky State
Johnna Jones (Munford/Clarksvile SOL/TN Glory) - committed to CBU
Myah LeFlore (St. Benedict/Team Penny) - committed to Austin Peay
Rochelle Lee (Houston/Lady Magic) - committed to Chattanooga
Antoinette Lewis (Harding Academy/Team Penny) - committed to South Alabama
Selena Pruitt (Lausanne/Team Penny) - committed to Alabama-Huntsville
Takya Reid (Hamilton) - signed with Southwest TN CC
Ericka Richardson (Horn Lake) - signed with EKU
Hannah Shafer (Northpoint) - Signed with Mississippi College
Myah Taylor (Olive Branch/Southern Starz) committed to Mississippi State
Heaven Thompson (Bolton/Team Slink) committed to Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Tesia Thompson (Hamilton/Team Penny) signed with SEMO
Lindsey Whiteside (Northpoint/Lady Mambas) signed with Rhodes College
Taylor Williams (White Station/Team Slink) committed to Mississippi Valley State
Andreana Wrister (Cordova/Memphis Elite Daniels) committed to Mississippi Valley State

Monday, April 3, 2017

Mississippi State signee Myah Taylor delighted by win over UConn

article from Commercial Appeal

Myah Taylor got her workout in Friday night.

The Gatorade player of the year from state champion Olive Branch was one of the many who tuned in to watch Mississippi State end UConn's 111-game winning streak in the women's Final Four. And Taylor had more of a rooting interest than most; she'll be a freshman on the Bulldogs next season.

"I jumped on the bed," she said of her reaction to Morgan William's buzzer-beating winner in overtime.

"I ran about 10 laps around the house. I could of gone through the TV. Everybody at my house just went crazy."

Indeed, just about everyone outside of the Northeast went wild after the Bulldogs' 66-64 overtime victory ended the longest winning streak in college sports history and propelled the Bulldogs into Sunday's 5 p.m. title game against SEC rival South Carolina, which eliminated Stanford.

"It was very exciting, coming from last year (losing to by 60 to the Huskies in the Sweet 16) to this year," Taylor said. "I think their tactic was to attack, to hit UConn in the mouth early and show that they were a different team, that they weren't scared."

Taylor was especially excited for William, who finished with 13 points and six assists. The two-time Commercial Appeal player of the year said William has served as a big sister of sorts as she prepares for life at the college level.

"She's watched some of my games, given me pointers," Taylor said. "She's a wonderful person with a big heart and I think everyone can see that now."

Throughout the season, there had been plenty of national debate about whether the Huskies' streak was a good thing or a bad thing for women's basketball as a whole. Taylor sends State's victory sends a clear message.

"I think it gives a lot of teams hope," she said. "Why not us, too? It's like (UConn coach) Geno (Auriemma) said, he knew theur time to lose was coming. I'm just really excited it was Mississippi State (that ended the streak)."

Thursday, March 30, 2017

2016-17 TSWA All-State Girls Basketball Teams

Here’s a look at the 2016-17 all-state girls basketball team, as selected by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association:


Class AAA
Anastasia Hayes, Riverdale, Sr.
Jayla Hemingway,  Houston, So.
Rhyne Howard, Bradley Central, Jr.
Brinae Alexander, Riverdale, Jr.
Hale Hughes, Bradley Central, Sr.
Elizabeth Dixon, Ridgeway, Jr.
Jireh Washington, Memphis Central, Jr.
Johne’ Stewart, Memphis Central, Jr.
Tesia Thompson, Hamilton, Sr.
Sydney Newsome, Morristown West, Sr.
Emily Beard, Dickson County, Sr.
Kailey Rosenbaum, Dickson County, Jr.
Addison Byrd, Wilson Central, Sr.
Gabby Crawford, Munford, Jr.
Brianah Ferby, Stewarts Creek, Sr.


Class AA
Akira Levy, Upperman, Jr.
Jacobi Lynn, McMinn Central, Sr.
Erica Haynes-Overton, East Nashville, Sr.
Janiah Sandifer, Pearl-Cohn, Sr.
Shawnta Shaw, Pearl-Cohn, Jr.
Sydni Lollar, Greeneville, Jr.
Abby Greenwood, Upperman, Sr.
Paige Pipkin, Chester County, Sr.
Jamirah Shutes, Haywood, Jr.
Savannah LeGate, Christ Presbyterian Academy, Sr.
KeKe McKinney, Fulton, Sr.
Keeley Carter, Macon County, Fr.
Quanardra Miller, Jackson South Side, So.
Qua Hines, Gatlinburg Pittman, Sr.
Karli Combs, Grainger, Sr.


Class A
Ali Golden, Huntland, Sr.
Taylor Lamb, South Greene, Jr.
Kara Meadows, Clarkrange, Sr.
Caitlyn Yost, Forrest, Sr.
Abby Buckner, Middle Tennessee Christian, Sr.
Alyssa LeMay, Mt. Pleasant, Sr.
Braelyn Wykle, South Greene, So.
Chelsey Perry, Middleton, Sr.
Brynne Lytle, Trinity Christian Academy, Sr.
Kyleigh Hardy, Jackson County, Jr.
Courtney Pritchett, Pickett County, Jr.
Jesica Keith, Huntingdon, Sr.
Tess Darby, Greenfield, Fr.
Sydney Boykin, Clarksville Academy, Fr.
Kaylea Foster, Coalfield, Sr.

Division II
Ashtyn Baker, Northpoint Christian, Sr.
Anna Jones, USJ, Sr.
Antoinette Lewis, Harding Academy, Sr.
Jordyn Cambridge, Ensworth, Jr.
Sydni Harvey, Brentwood Academy, Jr.
Myah LeFlore, St. Benedict, Sr.
Bria Dial, Brentwood Academy, Sr.
Audrey Burdge, Father Ryan, Sr.
Riley Casey, Franklin Road Academy, Sr.
Allison Cowie, Battle Ground Academy, Sr.
Casey Collier, Webb School of Knoxville, So.
Lindsey Whiteside, Northpoint Christian, Sr.
Mya Long, Baylor School, Sr.
Selena Pruitt, Lausanne Collegiate, Sr.
Savanna Owens, Briarcrest Christian, Jr.

Monday, March 20, 2017

2017 Best of West Middle School Girls Exposure Camp Recap

Patosha Jeffery and Power5 B Ball teamed up to bring The Best of West Middle School Girls Exposure Camp to Memphis, TN on March 4, 2017. Fifty-five players from Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas represented at the 4 hour event. The players went through fundamental and competitive drills as evaluators Dan Olson (Girls Basketball Report/espnW), Memphis Girls Basketball, Major Prep Sports, Tiger Sports Report and videographer, Mykal Anthony Media, were in attendance.



Click here to read entire recap and player evaluations

Memphis Players Shine at 2017 Battle at the Hive

Insider Exposure was in attendance of the Battle at the Hive event.

Check out what they had to say about 2021 Point Guard Se'Quoia Almond

Se’Quoia Allmond – 5’8 PG – 2021 – Bellevue MS – Memphis War Eagles 2021 – Nice size and build for an athletic PG, Allmond may have had the best handles at the event. Really nice in & out dribble, between the legs and behind the back, she was able to move the ball around even under pressure in heavy traffic. Had a nice euro step on a drive to the rack and played with an upbeat attitude and good motor.

Honorable Mentions:

Ciara Taylor – 2021 – Memphis War Eagles
Dionna Reed – 2021 – Memphis War Eagles
Destinee Wells – 2020 – Team Penny Wareagles/Houston
Megan Sanfrantello – 2020 – Team Penny Wareagles/Tipton-Rosemark

See entire Insider Exposure recap

Friday, March 17, 2017

Memphis area prospects in the NCAA women's tournament

From Commercial Appeal

The NCAA women’s basketball tournament begins on Friday and the Memphis area will have several rooting interests even though none of its college teams are involved this year. Here’s a rundown of the local prospects from the surrounding area that could pop up on your television screen in the coming weeks.

F Nina Davis, Baylor, Sr. — This 5-foot-11 post player, who was a Parade all-American and Tennessee’s Gatorade Player of the Year while starring at Central High School, is only the fifth player in Baylor history to register more than 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Though she averaged career-lows of 12.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game this season due to an influx of talent for the Bears, she is nonetheless a major cog in their quest to make the Final Four for the first time in five years. Davis earned Big 12 player of the year and second team all-American honors last season, when Baylor lost in the Elite Eight for the third straight season.

F Jasmine Joyner, Chattanooga, Sr. — The 6-foot-2 Southaven, Miss. native was the only player in the Southern Conference to average a double-double this season and earned first team all-conference and conference defensive player of the year honors as a result. She had eight double-doubles over the final nine games of the season. She averaged 13.2 points, 10.6 rebounds and nearly four blocks per game.

G Jaida Roper, Kentucky, Fr. — The former Houston High star was a late addition to Kentucky’s 2016 recruiting class and became a useful contributor right away for the Wildcats as this season progressed. She started twice in December and has played at least 10 minutes in 13 of the past 17 games. Roper is averaging 2.8 points and 1.2 assists per game.

G Olivia Cunningham, Toledo, So. — The Horn Lake, Miss. native began her college career at Murray State and has become a crucial reserve in her first season playing at Toledo. The combo guard is averaging 5.6 points per game and scored a season-best 20 points when the Rockets beat Northern Illinois to win the Mid-American Conference tournament championship game.

C Raquel Logan, Central Arkansas, Sr. — This West Memphis, Ark., native is starting for the Southland Conference champions and averaging six points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game this year.

F Tieraney Paylor, Central Arkansas, So. — The former Ridgeway standout is redshirting this year due to an achilles injury.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Memphis Area 2018 Class Signings

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Jasmine Carson (Whitehaven/Team Penny) - committed to Georgia Tech
Elizabeth Dixon (Ridgeway) - committed to Georgia Tech
Mahogany Vaught (Olive Branch/Team Slink) - committed to South Alabama

Olive Branch star, Myah Taylor, honored

image and article from Commercial Appeal



If there was any lingering doubt — and really at this point there shouldn't have been, but if there was — Myah Taylor has put it all to rest. The Olive Branch senior will go down as one of the best and most-honored girls basketball players in the history of the area.

Taylor cemented her legacy on Monday when she was named Gatorade's state player of the year for a record third straight time. The honor comes after the Mississippi State signee led the Quistors to the MHSAA 6A state championship with a 57-54 victory over Starkville at Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson on Saturday.

Olive Branch ends the season 33-1 and is ranked 19th in the latest USA Today national poll.

"I had to sacrifice a lot but like my dad told me, now I can see the hard work has paid off," said Taylor. "Things like not going out with my friends ... I'll either be at home studying or in the gym.

"Don't get me wrong, winning the Gatorade award is great. But our number one goal all season was to win state as a team. That's what we worked toward all year; our motto was 'all in.' I couldn't have done any of this without my teammates."

The 5-6 Taylor — who is ranked 49th nationally in the class of 2016 according to ESPN HoopGurlz — averaged 21.6 points, 7.5 assists and 7 steals for Olive Branch this season while shooting 49 percent from the floor. Off the court she's just as impressive, maintaining a 4.10 grade-point average.

She capped her career with a 16-point, 9-steal, 6-assist effort in the victory over Starkville.

Anastasia Hayes, the Miss Basketball winner from undefeated state champ Murfreesboro Riverdale, was the Gatorade winner for Tennessee.

DIXON TO GEORGIA TECH

Georgia Tech has picked up another verbal commitment from a Shelby County girls basketball standout as Ridgeway's Elizabeth Dixon announced via Twitter on Sunday that she was headed to Atlanta.

"After heavy consideration and talking with family, I'm excited to further my education at Georgia Tech," she Tweeted. "I'm so excited and can't wait."

Dixon will be joined by another talented class of 2018 standout, Whitehaven sharp-shooter Jasmine Carson, who committed to the Yellow Jackets last month.

The 6-3 Dixon is currently the 20th-ranked junior in the nation according to ESPN HoopGurlz. She attracted serious recruiting interest from a host of strong programs, including Baylor, Tennessee, Ohio State, Florida State, Louisville, Kentucky and Maryland.