Don Brown's Knoxville Lady Panthers Gold came into the pre-season #13 ranking and showed they may be better then previously thought with a dominating victory over the Georgia Hoopstars Black Elite. Ashlee Mitchell 2013, who was a 2011 Insider All American and Co MVP of the Best of Tennessee 2011 Camp which featured participants in the McDonald's All American game was special according to Don Brown who's quickly built the top team in East Tennessee and one of the top teams in the South. Mitchell finished with 26 in the win over the Hoopstars. The Hoopstars started the Spring at #20 in the South but look to take a tumble after a rough weekend which included a near loss to FBC Southeast Elite.
In other action AOT might have proved they deserve a little more respect then given in our pre-season rankings but until they play a Top 5 program we will hold them in at #4. AOT built a 21-0 lead over highly touted Central Florida Elite and finished them off by the same margin 68-47 in a championship game that was never much of a game. All-World Diamond DeShields made her first appearence this year with AOT after picking up the MVP award at the GACA Junior All Star game which featured 8 players ranked in the Top 60 Nationally by ESPN. Lexie Brown who played club ball in Florida with Central Florida Elite also dominated with strong play for AOT showing the state of Florida what we have been missing since she left for Georgia. Brown was on pace to be one of the best players in the history of the state of Florida.
In Florida, the Jacksonville Lady Rams who are usually a staple in the Top 20 Club Teams of the South struggled in the Championship game versus Florida Future out of Ft Myers trailing by as much as 11 in the second half the Rams came back to win the AAU Super Regional title behind a strong efford by Brea Saunders 2013 - Hilliard and Sherranda Reddick 2013. While this is likely the weakest team in several years for the Jacksonville Lady Rams, both Reddick and Saunders are two of the better guards in Northeast Florida and will attract plenty of college attention this spring and summer.
WBB Insider - Southern Players of the Week
2013 - Ashlee Mitchell - Knoxville Lady Panthers - 26 Points in a win over GA Hoopstars.
2014 - Morgan Seymour - Knoxville Lady Panthers - Underrated soph who's a major contributor for the Panthers.
2015 - Tea Cooper - AOT - Led AOT to 21 point win over Central Florida Elite
1. Tennessee Flight - Have Not Played - Playing in Tennessee next week.
2. Miami Suns - Have Not Played - Will be at WBB Insider/FGB Spring Showcase April 7/8.
3. Kentucky Premier - Coach Tapley says this is their best team ever, will play in Tennessee next week.
4. AOT - 21 point drubbing of Central Florida Elite has the looking like a legit Top 5 Team in the Region. Should only move up.
5. Peak Performance - Have not played yet.
6. Essence - Have not played yet.
7. FGB - Have not played yet, will play Miami Suns April 7/8 in WBB Insider/FGB Spring Showcase.
8. Knoxville Lady Panthers Gold - Big win over Ga Hoopstars in Atlanta (dont think that doesnt matter) has them our biggest jumper this week as they break the top 10 this week.
9. Georgia Metros - Almost wanted to move them up because of how good Allisha Gray was at the Georgia All Star game but the rest of the talent in the state isnt playing for them. Have yet to play.
10. WP Celtics - Have yet to play
11. Below the Rim
12. NC Spartans
13. Suncoast Basketball Club
14. Alabama Flight
15. Blue Star Florida
16. Atlanta Celtics
17. Alabama Southern Starz
18. South Mississippi Elite
19. Jacksonville Lady Rams
20. Central Florida Elite
Dropped Out: Georgia Hoopstars
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