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December 22, 2013

StatVA Girls Basketball Classic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Michael Whittington

Vice President StatVA

(757) 202-5974

mwhittington@statva.com


2014 STATVA GIRLS CLASSIC PRESENTED BY QUANITRA HOLLINGSWORTH

Saturday January 18, 2014 Highland Springs High School Richmond, VA

StatVA is proud to begin the year with the 2014 StatVA Girls Basketball Classic that will showcase the top talents in the Commonwealth of Virginia. StatVA is partnering with WNBA star and 2012 Olympian Quanitra Hollingsworth to present the best teams in Virginia on Saturday January 18th at Highland Springs High School (Richmond, VA). Below you will find information on the teams participating, game schedule, and how to pre-order tickets for the event at a discounted price.


11:30 am: Franklin Co High School (Rocky Mount, VA) vs. South Lakes High School (Reston, VA)

The early game will feature two experienced teams looking to make long post season runs. Coach Anne Crutchfield's (122-66) Franklin Co. Lady Eagles will be led by returners Zarkia Mattox, Miranda Crockett, Destani Mitchell. To get ready for a postseason run in 6A Franklin Co. will play in addition to South Lakes perennial powers Forest Park, Colonial Forge, Cosby, and St. Vincent Palloti. Zarkia Mattox and Miranda Crockett are both receiving college interest and will be asked to provide leadership this season. South Lakes made a surprise run to the state quarterfinals a year ago behind the play of 6'4 senior center Abigail Rendle.

Coach Christy Winters- Scott's Lady Seashawks will enter the event as one of the most experienced teams in the event as their roster will not feature any freshmen. South Lakes will look to guard Caitlin Jensen to provide a scoring boost for South Lakes, as well as forward Princess Aghayere. South Lakes will look to use its experience as a way to make another run this season possibly to the state championship.


1:15 pm: Mount Vernon High School (Alexandria, VA) vs. Forest Park High School (Woodbridge, VA)

Mount Vernon is making its second straight appearance in the StatVA Classic after dropping a one point decision to host Highland Springs in a contest where Mount Vernon had the last shot. Coach Courtney Coffer's (64-10 in four seasons overall) Lady Majors come into the event very inexperienced, but will be bolstered by early season matchups against perennial powers Oakton and Thomas Edison. A trip to Largo, MD to play in the IAABO Christmas Tournament will help the Lady Majors gain more experience as a trio of Srs. Chanel Shannon (Barton College), DJ Jean Pierre (Barton College), and Samantha Porter (Christopher Newport) have signed to play college basketball. Coach Coffer's team will look to newcomers such as 6'0 freshman post Miracle Wyatt to gain valuable experience during the season.

Forest Park will be lead this season by Donnie Gallitz who will be taking over for Rebecca Tillett who left for a college coaching position. Coach Gallitz will have a very young roster that will only feature one senior, two juniors, six sophomores, and three freshmen. The Lady Bruins will look to play an attacking brand of basketball that will feature Amber Mixon as the lone senior at point guard. Mia Lloyd (jr-guard) and Micah Malony (so-wing) both gained valuable experience last season on the team as they advanced to the regional semi-finals a year ago before bowing out to Stonewall Jackson.


3:00 pm: Maury High School (Norfolk, VA) vs. Colonial Forge High School (Stafford, VA)

Colonial Forge will enter the season with high expectations as they will look to build upon last season's success that saw them bow out to eventual champion Lake Taylor. Colonial Forge returns all but one player for a team that reached the AAA State Semifinals last season finishing 27-4. Coach Michelle Darley will rely on the experience of seniors Kenya Holland (Princeton) and Jahla Osborne (Army) who have committed to play their college basketball, and were both selected all-region a season ago. They will lead a deep and talented team that also features junior post Brianna Sullivan, junior guard Nichole Collins guard, junior guard Zhane Barnes, and dynamic sophomore point guard Nia Washington who paced Colonial Forge in the state semifinals with 16 points.

Maury will enter the contest with a trio of players committed to play college basketball in guard Jayda Luckie (UNC-Greensboro), Gianna Smith (ODU), and lightning quick point guard Chanette Hicks (Virginia Tech). The Lady Commodores are once again coached by Jennifer Parker who takes over for Jermaine Woods who took an assistant job in college. Maury may have been in the shadows in their own district for the last couple of years, but will look to break out in their new conference that will feature perennial power Princess Anne. A season ago, Maury lost six games with five of those losses coming to state finalist Lake Taylor (3x) and Princess Anne (2x). Maury returns all five starters who have been playing together for the last three years, and will be very focused on making a run this year to the state title in 5A. Maury will always have capable shooters on the floor as when Hicks isn't getting to the basket she is dishing to capable shooters Smith, Luckie, and Kayla Airgahi to stretch the defense. Virginia Tech commit Hicks is force on defense and is a 2x Eastern District Defensive Player of the Year as double digit steal games have become the norm for her.


4:45 pm: L.C. Bird High School (Chesterfield, VA) vs. Thomas Edison High School (Alexandria, VA)

The Thomas Edison lady Eagles finished 23-5 a season ago with three of those losses coming to district foe Mount Vernon, and made a surprise run the Northern Region title. They were led by talented guard sophomore guard Jada Graves who was named the tournament MVP for her play during the regional tournament. Edison would see its run come to an end as they would fall to fellow young upstart Colonial Forge in the state quarterfinals a year ago. Veteran Coach Dianne Lewis (250-68) welcomes the addition of Tatiana Torres who transferred in from Washington-Lee High school and has committed to play her college basketball next season at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Edison only lost one player off the roster from a season ago, and will look to contend for a state championship in 5A this upcoming season.

Coach Chavette Waller (170-49) will lead an L.C. Bird team that qualified for the state quarterfinals a year ago. L.C. Bird will be a quick and attacking team that will play an uptempo style which fits the skill set of guard Taja Cole who is ranked as a top 20 player in the nation for 2015 by many outlets including ESPN (17). Cole is fielding offers from major programs including Florida, Texas, West Virginia, Louisville, JMU, and VCU. Senior Quenswayla Story has already committed to North Carolina A&T and will be a vital part of a team that should be a top three team in the Richmond area, and challenge in a deep 5A field that also includes Edison.


6:30 pm: Cosby High School (Chesterfield, VA) vs. Princess Anne High School (Virginia Beach, VA)

Coach Darnell Dozier (469-44) will lead his Princess Anne Lady Cavaliers which will feature four starters back from a team that finished runner-ups for the second year in a row. Point Guard Justyce Swango (College of Charleston) and senior center Janayla White (Radford) will provide leadership as only two players graduated off the team from a season ago. Sophomore guards Danyael Goodhope and Gadiva Hubbard saw extended minutes for Princess Anne a season ago and will be counted on for an increased role this season. Coach Dozier welcomes freshman guard Nyla Pollard to the team to play some big minutes for the Lady Cavaliers, and mix in with the already young but experienced Cavalier roster. Anything less than an appearance in the state finals is a disappointment for Princess Anne as they have been the most dominant team in the old group AAA the last 10 years.

Coach Rachel Mead's Cosby Lady Titans finished 26-2 a season ago with their second loss coming in the regional semifinals (Highland Springs) where the top two teams in the Richmond area were on the same side of the playoff bracket. Cosby welcomes back Georgetown signee Dorothy Adomako who has been a star since she put on the Cosby uniform. Cosby will also start UNC commit Jocelyn Jones, newcomer and Wake Forest commit Tyra Whitehead, UNC Greenboro signee Ske Jefferson, and Ali Trani. Many believe that this year could feature one of the most talented teams to come through the halls of Cosby as they will be the favorites in Richmond area, and Group 6A.


8:15 pm: Stonewall Jackson High School (Manassas, VA) vs. Highland Springs (Richmond, VA)

Last season Stonewall Jackson was led by first year head coach Diana Martinez and made a run to the Group AAA state semifinals where they dropped a close contest to Princess Anne. Stonewall finished the season 24-4 and will be lead this season once again by all district, region and state performer Nicole Floyd who averaged 19 points 11 rebound and 2 blocks a game while being the regional and district player of the year. Floyd has signed to play her basketball with Wake Forest after she graduates. Stonewall is hardly a one player team as 6'0 guard Sydney Jordan was also all district and all region a year ago and will help bolster a team that returns majority of its players from a season ago.

Coach Franklin Harris and the host Lady Springers welcome back Delaware State signee Bri Justice, E'Shay Winfield, NaJai Pollard, and Tia Byrd from a team that won its second consecutive Central Region title and bowed out to state champion Lake Taylor in the state quarterfinals. Coach Harris will welcome newcomers Tema Coker, CeeCee Crudup, and Cam Gaitling to replace the senior leadership that was lost from a year ago from the most decorated senior class in Lady Springer basketball history. Coach Harris' teams will play an up-tempo style and look to pressure you into mistakes and turnovers. Highland Springs has become a perennial top program in the Richmond area that will look to make some noise in the loaded 5A South which includes Princess Anne and Maury.

Ticket prices will be:

Adults $10 at the door $8 advance
Kids (5-12) $5 at the door $3 in advance
Kids under 5 Free

Tickets for the event can be purchased in advanced by emailing tickets@statva.com.

VHSL Coaches passes will be honored at this event

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