The AZ Lady Warriors basketball team recently returned from Las Vegas, Nevada, where they competed in the 2015 AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) West Coast National Championships, Junior Varsity Division. The event was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center and was put on by an organization called Jam On It Basketball Academy.
The tournament was played July 16-19. The national event featured AAU teams from all over the United States, Canada, New Zealand and even France. The Lady Warriors placed second in the tournament.
“It was an awesome experience for our girls from Salt River to be a part of, and we look forward to many more like this,” said Lady Warriors coach Adam Rodriguez.
Here a list of tournament game summaries compiled by Rodriguez:
Game 1: The AZ Lady Warriors beat a team from Oakland, California. Our girls played an all-around perfect game with every player contributing.
Game 2: The Warriors lost to a very good nationally ranked squad from Oklahoma City. We had them beat for most of the game but just gave out in the middle of the second half.
Game 3: The AZ Lady Warriors beat a good nationally ranked group of girls from Dallas, Texas. That was a back-and-forth game. It came down to five seconds, with an inbound pass to Faith Tracy at half court who drove to the free-throw line, hitting a floater at the buzzer.
Game 4: We beat a good team from Independence, Missouri. This was another back-and-forth game, a very hard-fought game. Our girls took a physical beating, but they pulled through.
Game 5: This was the Silver Bracket championship game. We played a good, tall and very aggressive team from Alberta, Canada. The Lady Warriors came home with second place.
This was one of the best tournaments that Rodriguez said he has ever been part of. “Each and every one of these girls made it special. This was supposed to be about gaining experience on a national level, but our girls did more than that,” he said.
He added that the AZ Lady Warriors gained attention from other teams and coaches from around the nation, earning compliments from other players, parents and coaches.
“And in doing so, when we played in the championship game we were the underdogs, but not anymore. I love this group of girls and I look forward to our future success,” said Rodriguez, complimenting his team.
The AZ Lady Warriors are coached by Adam Rodriguez, Scott Cooper and Shawn Lytle. The players who participated are Aiyana Rodriguez, Justine Cooper, Maggie Makil, Shaylee Scabby, Julianne Carlisle, Deja Acosta, Deramé Francisco, Jada Golding, Faith Tracy, Kisdyante Joseph and Alexia Jackson. The coaches would like to give the girls some recognition for all the hard work that they have been putting in to get to this point.