Showboat Fall Classic Showcasing “Big” Girls

The Showboat Fall Classic is the upperclassmen league. All high schoolers with a few 8th graders having the opportunity to participate.

As an 8th grader, it is quite an adjustment to play with high schoolers mentally and physically. However, three eight graders did not get that memo. Unfortunately, it is rare in high school ball seeing a player pull up for the short jumper. You either gonna see players shoot the 3 or attempt to go all the way to the basket. SG Alindsey Long (Colonial MS) is one of those players you will see pull up mid range with the prettiest shot and making a high percentage of them. Speaking of pretty shots. SG Kennedy Claybrooks (Arlington MS) is gonna shock many with her offensive abilities. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.. I want to mention here that I saw these 3 young ladies play in the Major Basketball League against players in their age group the day before this league. So I was happy to see them playing up and against tougher competition. It also gave me the opportunity to see CG Nakiyah Westbrook (Colonial MS) transition from a point guard into an off-the-ball role. She came up big for her team knocking down a big 3 in her team’s comeback victory.


’20 Shelbee Brown


’20 Shelbee Brown (Southwind) had a monster game. A 5’11 forward Shelbee plays much bigger than her size. She plays all over the court getting steals, deflections, rebounds and to the line because of her motor and efforts.


Three players that dominated during the Classic and are poised to have big senior seasons are Kira Lowery (Southwind), Tan Metcalf (Southaven) and Taylor Lattimore (Arlington). All players are point guards, quick, athletic, and pass first with abilities to take over games.


’20 Crystal Henderson

More on ‘Bigs’ that’s participating in the Classic. They bring an abundance of talent and versatility. Check out the list below:


’19 Caitlyn Wilson

’22 Mya Pratcher (Olive Branch MS) 6’0
’21 Skylar Arnold (East) 5’10
’21 Diona Reed (Briarcrest) 6’4
’20 Shelbee Brown (Southwind) 5’11
’20 Crystal Henderson (Ridgeway) 6’4
’19 YaTaria Coleman (Southwind) 5’10
’19 Caitlin Wilson (Arlington) 5’11
’18 Morgan Christian (Marion (AR)) 5’10
’18 Jaleisha Byrd (Marion (AR)) 5’10
’18 Carria Smith (Catholic) 5’11

Major Basketball League Displaying the Future

You have probably heard that the 2021 class in the Memphis region will be a monster class. From what I saw at the Major Basketball League (and have been seeing all summer), the classes coming after 2021 will be just as talented and deep.

These younger players are not only talented and skilled. They are competitive, fast, athletic and energetic.


Here are just a few up and comers you are going to enjoy watching when they get to high school!

’22 Kennedy Claybrooks

’22 Pretty Stroke, Crafty Handles SG Kennedy Claybrooks
’22 Aggressive Rebounding, Nice Stroke F Jordan Harris
’22 Super Athletic, Slashing G Janiya Jones

’22 Alindsey Long

’22 Pretty Stroke, Athletic, Aggressive G Alindsey Long 
’22 Keep Your Eye On 6’2 F Madison Lovelace
’22 Nice Stroke, 5’7 SG Kate McBride

’22 Madison Lovelace (Gray)

’22 Lefty, 5’7 CG Rhema Pegues
’22 Quick, 3 Point Shooting G Trinity Pleas
’22 Athletic, Shot Blocking 6’0 F Mya Pratcher

’22 Jordan Harris (Black), ’22 Mya Pratcher (Yellow)

’22 3 Point Shooting G Sarah Stricklin
’22 Sneaky Anticipator, Deep 3 Taking PG Mallory Taylor
’22 Quick, On-the-ball defender PG Nakiyah Westbrook

’22 Nakiyah Westbrook

’23 Keep Your Eye On 6’1 F Mallory Collier
’23 Ultra Athletic G Asia Garth 

’23 Mallory Collier (Purple)

’23 Keep Your Eye On 5’6 F Makyah Thomas-Malone
’23 Aggressive Rebounder 5’9 F Crysti’anna Whitehead

’23 Makyah Thomas-Malone

’24 Has No Fear G Layla Hampton
’24 Keep Your Eye On 5’8 G Savannah Scruggs
I will definitely be making another trip to the league before it’s over!!

’23 Asia Garth

Memphis Lady Mambas Don’t Stop

The Memphis Lady Mambas had a busy spring and summer of basketball. They haven’t slowed down either. If they aren’t in the gym doing skill development, they are hosting intrasquad scrimmages.

As the summer is winding down and school has begun, the team is in preparation mode for the Fall evaluation period. The 2018, 2019, and 2021 squads will be heading to Kenosha, Wisconsin for The Fall Finale Powered by Eastbay event….. Yes, WISCONSIN! Coach AW Massey says that he likes for each class to take a unique trip.

Coach AW Massey

You remember last year’s 2017 class. The one that featured Zaire Hicks (White Station/UT Martin), Teal Battle (White Station/Arkansas-Little Rock), and Erica Jones (Southaven/Kentucky State).

The 2018 team features tough combo guard Taylor Lattimore (Arlington), quick and explosive PG Tye Metcalf, three point bucket getting G Tan Metcalf,  #MGBB 30/40 Club member SG Surina Finnie (PCA) and super athletic, energetic G Kealy Wilson (Horn Lake).

The summer went very well for two of their 2019 players, shake and bake PG Akeria James (Craigmont) and 5’10 scoring guard Ya’Taria Coleman (Southwind). Both came home from the July eval period to scholarship offers.

’19 Ya’Taria Coleman (Southwind)

The future is looking bright with some talented up and comers, composed 2020 PG Brali Simmons (St. Agnes), creative finisher 2020 SG Christina Nichols (Arlington) and super intense and energetic 2021 G Zavia Harris (Southwind).

’21 G Zavia Harris (Southwind)