The Greensboro Galaxy Girls AAU Team that features Desiree Drayton Sophomore (Dudley), Brittany Drew Sophomore (Page), Khadeja Wilkerson Freshmen (Dudley), Katrina Gibson Junior (Ragsdale), Miranda Jenkins Sophomore (Eastern Guilford), Chell Jackson Sophomore ( Dudley), JC Frazier Sophomore (Dudley) , Victoria Davis Junior (Parkland) with the additions of Jasmine Cromartie (Parkland) and Jamilla Pollard (Parkland) ran the table to go 4 and 0 at Duke University Fall Show Case Event while under the watchful eye of several major college coaches led by none other than Sylvia Hatcher of the University of North Carolina and some of her assistants. Galaxy got to play some of the best competition State wide and abroad. The Galaxy squad which consisted of four of the players who had won a Division Two National Championship in 2007 (Desiree, Brittany, Khadeja , Miranda and Katrina who is playing with Galaxy for the first time this year was part of the Classic Championship Division One runnerup in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Galaxy got off to their customary winning ways by beating Hightower Rimrockers in a very close game 57-56. They were rusty after not being active together since July. In addition to getting adjusted to their new teammates, they finally put it together to close the deal. Brittany “The Catalyst” Drew who should have a stellar season at Page for Coach Debbie Jones sparked the team by netting 21 points, 2 assists, 2 steals along with two three pointers. Khadeja “Special K” who just keeps getting better and better and will give Dudley fans a whole new presence from the center position contributed 9 points, 10 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assists. Her stock is rising among college coaches even though she has not played one high school game yet. Chell “Action “Jackson did a great job with her hustle plays and contributed 5 points, 4 rebounds, 5 steals, 1 assists. She will be a great role player for Dudley this year. Katrina “Cool Breeze ” Gibson knocked down a nice three pointer to finish with 5 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 steal off the bench. Ragsdale team could be in for a pleasant suprise. Miranda “Quiet Assassin” Jenkins saw limited action after sustaining a ankle injury on a hustling defensive play. She hobbled along to finish with 5 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist. Will be one of the key components in Coach Tina Gunn system at Eastern Guilford. Desiree “Double D ” Drayton who can make any coach look good because of her quickness and athleticism scored 5 points, 11 rebounds, 7 steals, 1 assist and hit three straight crucial free throws while the game was still in doubt. Coleges love her game and she will be very vital in Dudley success if they are going to contend for a State Championship. Victoria “I Got Game ” Davis had 4 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists will be a welcome addition for Parkland as she moves on from an All Conference season at Forsyth. Do not be surprise if Parkland is not contending for the State Championship. Jasmine “Secreteriat of Defense “Cromartie had 1 point 4 rebounds 1 block as she adjusted to her new teammates. JC “The Penetrator” Frazier scored 2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 rebound. She should get plenty of playing time as she gives Helen Terry and Brionna Patterson a rest during the year for Dudley.
In game two Galaxy played a tough Woodbridge Elite Team that had everyone wanting to see. The game was close until Galaxy turned it up a notch and pulled away with a 71-39 victory. Brittany continued her torrid shooting by knocking down 16 points, 1 assists, 3 steals, 2 rebounds. Khadeja had 11 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks. Jasmine adjusted to her new teammates and finish with a strong game of 10 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists. Jamilla arrived in time from her test and contributed 8 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks. She is highly recruited. She also converted on both freethrows. Victoria hustled and powered her way to 8 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals. Miranda continue to hobble and contributed 8 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals,1 block. Desiree scored 3 points, 4 rebounds. Chell chipped in 3 points and 1 rebound. JC ran the offense and scored 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal and continued the defensive pressure. Katrina finished with 2 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal. Great team effort in the win.
Game three was a rematch with Wake Forest Wizards whom they loss to back in the Spring in double overtime. It looked like the Wizards had the Galaxy number by getting off to a 10 to 1 start and their fans were in a frenzy. But Galaxy showed great composure and went on a 56 to 32 run to win 57-42. Galaxy inside presence made all the difference in the world. They wore down the tall Wizards led by Khadeja 11 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks. Victoria 11 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist. Jamilla had 10 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block. Jasmine grabbed 6 rebounds and scored 2 points. Brittany kept the Wizards at bay by knocking down 7 points, 3 steals, 2 assists, 1 rebound. JC had her best game by scoring 6 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists. She kept the pressure on their guards to keep them from getting in to a set offensive pattern. Desiree grabbed 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 assists. Chell scored 2 points, 2 rebounds along with 2 for 4 from the charity stripe. Miranda limped her way to 2 points, 3 assists, 2 steals, 3 rebounds. Super win for Galaxy.
Now that Galaxy had three straight wins under their belts, there were still some questions surrounding game four that was to be played on Sunday. They had to answer the questions as to how were they going to win since new talented additions Victoria, Jasmine and Jamilla had already commited to a previous engagement to play in the Hoops Dreams tournament that was being held in Greensboro at the Sports Complex under the watchful eye of college scouts? Secondly, they still had to get adjusted to Chell and JC who had never been in a big game like this with them? Thirdly, they had Miranda one of their key players who could barely move around on Saturday would have to play more minutes with the team that she has played with in key situations for three years? This is why Coaches are so vital in situations like this. The great ones figure out a way to get it done. Coach Simpson, Fonville and Jackson some how found a way.
In the final game of the event Galaxy was pitted against a very talented team called the Fume Elite. Several of the players had been a part of the powerful Queen City Jewels whom Galaxy has never beaten. Plus they had girls from all over. It looked like from the very start that it would be a repeat performance. Fume was hitting shots from the inside and outside and for a moment it looked like Galaxy would be blowned out of the gym and settle for a great weekend at 3 and 1. Galaxy was trailing at the half 25 to 20. Some how they came together again and got on a role. Khadeja had her best game when needed the most. She dominated the interior and had great hands in receiving passes and finishing. She had a double-double 13 points, 13 rebounds. Miranda whom had been hampered all tournament was moving much better after and over night rest. She was around 60% game time. She knocked down the first shot on a runner and went on to finish with 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal. Brittany scored 8 points, 1 assist and ran the offense. Desiree almost had a double double with 8 points,11 rebounds,3 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal. She made one play that left the crowd breathless when she rebounded, out ran the entire team and finished with a left hand lay up that could only be described if you were there to see it. Chell played really hard and scored 4 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists. Katrina had 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block and JC dished out 1 assist and put enormous pressure on their guards. Super win by a team that seems to know how to answer questions when ever doubt seems to be at hand.
In closing it was a great Tournament and year for the Galaxy Girls AAU 15u Team. Couple with the 4 wins this past weekend they won more games than any other Galaxy girls team. They won 31 games and loss 11. They competed locally, State wide and Nationally and never had a losing record in any tournament. They played games in Ashville, Burlington, Durham, Atlanta, Tennessee and Greensboro. They gain valuable travel experience and even when funds were low they never allowed it to affect how they performed on the court. Many were wondering how would they come back from a National Championship year in 2007 and stay together and succeed? It seemed like they just moved along and their goal was to compete on a Division One level and any thing less was not an option. They had their core in tact from the National Championship Team. Desiree Drayton, Brittany Drew, Keandra Hicks, Khadeja Wilkerson and Miranda Jenkins. They added Katrina Gibson who contributed very well and should really help Ragsdale this year. There were others that chipped in along the way but the ones mentioned were the ones that made it to the finish line. They had a new coaching staff led by Coach Stuart Simpson and Coach Rick McClean. They got the chance to learn what Show Cases were and yet never alowed it to affect their desire to win and play as a team. So often when kids hear the word Show Case they tend to try to do things that they are not accustome to doing and tend to pick up bad habits all in the name of doing well. Many of these young ladies who have been under the radar might not be as much under the radar as many may think when it comes to college coaches looking for future prospects. They have shown the ability to win on a National stage. They are 12 and 4 over the last two years. They have played in two Show cases (Atlanta and Duke University) They are a combined 9 and 1. Plus they have performed well at their respective highschools during the past year as ninth graders. Above and beyond their athletic skills they are friends off the court. They support each other during the year by attending each others games when their team is not playing. They communicate on a daily basis and perform well in the class room. It looks as if they have learn to combine athleticism, smarts and team play to formulate a winning atmosphere and then allow the chips to fall as they may and everything else that comes with it. If they have the same team that performed this past weekend and it is marketed right going in to Spring next year, this team could be something very special at any age level Nationally.