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Mambas Quick Review

The high school season is at the half way mark and teams are moving into District play as they pursue their quest at state championship. Many of the Lady Mambas have had memorable moments already this season. This post is a quick look at 10 of those moments with many more to come.

  1. 2018 Surina Finnie (TPA) and 2018 Taylor Lattimore (Arlington) sign NOI to play for Jackson State University
  2. 2018 Kealy Wilson (Horn Lake) scores her 1000 career point

3. 2018 Tye Metcalf (Southaven) named CW 30 News Scholar Athlete of the Week http://www.localmemphis.com/news/scholar-athlete-of-the-week-for-dec-30-2017_20180102160633/897086429

4. 2018 Tye Metcalf (Southaven) ranked #35 Mississippi seniors by B. Wesco and ranked #7 Mississippi seniors by Delta Report

5. 2019 Zuri Dunlap (Hernando) helped lead her team to a 16-1 record and a #9 ranking in Dandy Dozen.

Hernando(16-1) The rundown: Junior guardZuri Dunlapand senior forwardRachel Greerhave carried the scoring load for the Tigers, who will only be tougher to beat now thatAlyssa Greeris healthy after knee surgery.
Upcoming games: Friday at Southaven; Jan. 9 vs. DeSoto Central6. 2019 Akeria James (Craigmont) has been filling the stat sheets with some Miss TN numbers

7. 2022 Elyse Warren (Barrets Chapel) won MVP of the Blue Streak tournament

8. 2020 Nadia Gillespie (Olive Branch) ranked #21 among Mississippi sophomores

9. 2018 Ashley Payne (Bartlett) dropped 21 points with 5 3pointers made in a game vs Little Rock Hall

10. 2017 Erica Jones ( Kentucky State) posted her 2nd career collegiate double-double.

Fellow freshman, forward Erica Jones collected her second double-double of the season with a game-high 17 points

and a game-high 12 rebounds

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Zaire Hicks (2017- White Station) Nominated for McDonald’s All American Team

The Memphis Lady Mambas would like to congratulate Zaire Hicks (2017- White Station) on being named a McDonald’s All American nominee. Its an amazing honor to be mentioned in this high caliber of players and we are proud to see your hard work being recognized.

Also nominated were local girls: Myah Taylor (Olive Branch), Alayjah Sherer (Tupelo), Tesia Thompson (Hamilton)

Full state by state list of nominees for boys and girls available here: http://www.mcdonaldsallamerican.com/content/aag/en/MediaCenter/2017/2017-game-materials/2017-Nominee-List.html

Surina Finnie(2018)- Power Center Academy Scores 45 in Win

Surina Finnie  (2018- Power Center Academy) has been putting up impressive numbers all season so it was only a matter of time before she cracked the 30/40 point club. Surina proceeded to drop 45 in a win against MASE on 11/29; look for her to put up huge numbers all season . 

Toni Green (2019- Bartlett ) wins Gatorade Player of the Game 

Toni Green started the season off right after hitting the game winning 3 point basket, one of her 4 on the night, to help her Lady Panthers defeat a scrappy Center Hill team. That basket was selected as the Brims Clutch Play of the Game; she also was named Gatorade Player of the Game after she finished with 18 points,  5 rebounds and 2 assists. Keep it up and make sure to get out to support the Bartlett Lady Panthers this season. 

Erica Jones Visits North Alabama and Kentucky State 

Erica Jones  (2017/ Southaven) went on visits to North Alabama and Kentucky State. 

Insider Exposure Covers PoPo Fall League

John McGraw, of Insider Exposure, was recently in town to cover the Patosha Jeffery Fall League. Patosha Jeffery has the longest running Fall Exposure League in Memphis and is always very well ran. Lots of talented players were in the building and a few Lady Mambas were included in the write up. For a full link to the article click here

Lady Mambas included in the Insider Exposure article:

Christina Nichols – 2020 – Arlington HS, Memphis, TN – 5’10 G – long framed guard with athleticism, plays passing lanes and gets steals.  Good upside.

Leah Jones – 2021 – Northpoint, Memphis, TN – 6’1 Post – Young post player who needs to build confidence….great basketball frame….runs floor and finishes in transition.  Good upside.

Also get out to support the Patosha Jeffery Fall League and keep up with it http://patoshajeffery.com/fall-exposure-league/

Katie Blackmon (2018) Olive Branch Ranked #33 & Kealy Wilson (2018) Desoto Central Ranked #24 in Mississippi

Burnell Wesco, SME, released his top 40 in each graduation class of Mississippi. Lady Mambas/ Olive Branch center Katie Blackmon was #33 and Lady Mambas/ Desoto Central guard Kealy Wilson was #24 in the 2018 class. Katie and Kealy have had a great summer and will look to build on that during the school season.

Zaire Hicks (2017) Impressive at Coach Hemi Summer Showcase

Coach Hemi Summer Showcase was held in Ashland, KY last weekend. The showcase featured over 80 players from 8 different states and was broadcasted on thesuvtv.com. Jonathan Hemingway, assistant director of scouting for jumpoffplus.com, provided analysis for the camp. Hemingway full analysis is available here

Link to Zaire’s game: https://youtu.be/nCotOW726Aw

Hemingway wrote:

Zaire Hicks – (Olive Branch, Miss.), Memphis Lady Mambas – 2017
Hicks has a handful of offers from schools in the Southeast, but it is apparent that she is not ready to end her development. She made a 10-hour drive to the Bluegrass State to prove to evaluators that her game continues to evolve. Her ability to attack the lane was well documented last summer at the EBA Super 64 Camp. In this performance Hicks proved that her jumper is far from a weakness. She hit jumpers off the bounce and even hit a few from beyond the stripe. Her athleticism and willingness to work point to more success in the future

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Danielle Conley & Lindsey Whiteside makes 2016 TSWA All-State Team

(photos courtesy of Patosha Jeffery)

Congrats to Lady Mambas Danielle Conley (Craigmont), who recently signed to Lewis & Clark, and Lindsey Whiteside (Northpoint) on being selected to the 2016 TSWA All State team. The full list is available here.

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