The 1st Annual i-45 Shootout was well represented in Houston this past weekend. Each game featured some of the top players from middle school to high school that traveled from Oklahoma, Louisiana, and throughout Texas. All five games were filled with action and highlights. It was entertaining and fun to see these talented girls come together for this particular event. Special Thanks to everyone who made this happen. S/o to University of Texas Breanna Taylor and Brooke McCarty, Alexis Jones of Baylor for coming out to coach.
Game 1 (2021): Rori Harmon (MVP) is alert, quick, and aggressive, can score with ease, Chantae Embry is just a force down low that’s unstoppable. Kendall Brown stays aggressive down low and on the boards, enjoyed the guard play from Karley Johnson, Kayla Glover, Tamia Flores. Notable mentions to Zoe Jackson, Trinity White, Ashlon Jackson, and Raychael Harjo.
Kyndall Hunter (MVP) attacked the basket and was able to get buckets for the team. There were several players with handles that were able to make some nice plays such as R’Mani Taylor, Kelbie Washington, Kaley Perkins, Destiny Coe, Miki Eddins. Notable Mentions: Haleen Harris, Tia Harvey, Trinity Gooden, Aiken Semones.
Game 2 (2020): Deja Kelly (MVP) was aggressive, attacked the basket, got to the freethrow line, made plays. Impressed with the size and players being active on the boards from Aleesha Orange, Myra Gordon, Skylar Vann, and Sydney McQuietor. The defense and guard play was solid from Kiersten Anderson, Nina Milliner, Gabriella Mureeba, and Tyler Jackson.
Sarah Andrews (MVP) quick guard that see’s the floor, automatically stands out. Impressed with the versatility of the players over 6 feet as they have great length, good hands, and can score the ball in Jordyn Merritt, Deyona Gaston, Aaliyah McDonald. The guard selection was good including their hustle and defense in Jayla Brooks, Harmoni Turner, Ceyenne Mass, Aja Holmes, and Sarah Gwin.
Game 3: Alexis Morris (MVP) came to eat, took it inside and out. Charli Collier (’18) was showing off the step back three. The Suber twins (’17) attacked the basket, were on the boards, and played solid defense. Solid guard play that was on display with handles, made it rain from long range, made nice passes, and attacked the basket, was Danielle Rainey (’16), Chennedy Carter (’17), Juicy Landrum (’16), Phat McElroy (’16), Dorian Branch (’16).
Ariana Whitfield (MVP) an underrated guard with stroke that gets buckets. This team was also filled with exciting guards that do it all in Chasity Patterson (’17), Jaelyn Richard Harris (’16), and young Kourtney Weber (’18) out of Louisiana who has raised her game since USA Trials. Lexi Gordon (’17) was lights out, she can shoot it. DiDi Richards had some oooohwee moments with the moves, she has serious versatility, as does Kayla Owens with her long wing span had her hand on several deflections. Enjoyed the players in and around the paint, as they were active on the boards and put backs in Jasmine Williams, Jakeira Ford, and Alyssa Okoene.
Game 4 (2019): So much talent in this in coming freshmen game. Liz Scott (MVP) great size, aggressive, active on both ends, and dominated. Very impressive guards that attack, score, and never disappoint include, Jordyn Oliver, Dajinae McCarty, Ta’Niya Jackson, Payton Hicks, Briauna Johnson, McKinzie Green, Briley Perkins. Notable Mention: Laila Hampton, and Ashley Daniel.
Kaylynne Truong (MVP) can shoot it, attack the basket, flashy, can score. Ginger Reece is always fun to watch as she stays aggressive and her shot from outside has improved. Jaden Owens is another exciting player that has it all, easily standouts. Several talented guards that can handle the ball that are crafty and make plays are Corina Carter, Endyia Rogers, Jessica Paz Y Puente, Charlene Mass, Kayleigh Truong. Good size and footwork coming from Tavy Diggs and Alecia Whyte.
Game 5: Dymond Gladney (MVP) was solid on both ends of the floor, from offense to defense she was aggressive. Emer Nichols with great size, power, and footwork down low, very impressive. Solid guard play and moves from Tasharian Robinson, Salis Payne, Dari Gabriel, and Sydney Hardeman. Caria Reynolds and Aaliyah Davis was active/aggressive around the boards and put backs.
Queen Egbo (MVP) very impressed with her size and footwork down low, and length, she was able to get her hands on some blocked shots. Runs the floor well and active on both ends. The penetration, guard play, and attacking the basket from Cyd Rivera, Diamond Atchison, Jasmin Smith, and Tia Tolbert was solid. The versatility, active hands, and the effort on offense and defense from LoLo Davenport, Sierra Chethem, and Shae Routt was fun to watch.