Thursday, August 7, 2014

Memphis Future Stars 7th Grade AAU Nationals Recap

(back row, left to right):  Vincent Morris, Michelle Malone, Melisa Carter, Dasia Harden, Madison Moore, Teaya Oyinatumba, Cassandra Price  (second row, left to right): Taalor Fondren, Jamelya Booker, Alaina Price, Hadley Horner, Madison Griggs(front row, left to right): Latavia Jones, Jacaila Davis, Keyanna Logan, Kaylan Morris

The Memphis Future Stars girls finished 8th in the 2014 American Athletic Union (AAU) 7th Grade Girls Basketball Division II National Championship in Chattanooga TN.

The AAU 7 grade girls’ national tournament consisted of 49 teams from across the nation. The Memphis girls went undefeated (3-0) in pool play competing against the Indiana Blizzard, Dayton Vipers, and Canton Flames. Proceeding to the Championship bracket, the team defeated the Texas Lady Mavs and the Yes! Program to reach the Elite 8. The team fell to the Jacksonville Lady Rams, Lower Delco, and TN Select to finish in Eighth place.

The Memphis Future Stars reached in the Elite 8 at the AAU Tennessee State Tournament and successfully defended their title as the Youth Basketball of America (YBOA) Tennessee State Champions (2013 and 2014). Locally, the team won the April Mid-America Youth Basketball (MAYB) Tournament, were Runners-up in the Memphis AAU Qualifying Tournament, and won the Superchamps Elite Girls tournament.

The players are 6th and 7th graders from Memphis and North Mississippi. The team originated out of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in 2009 and joined the Memphis Future Stars organization in 2010. The coaches are Cassandra Price, Michelle Malone, and Vincent Morris.

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