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Alabama Thunder Takes Home 17U Girls Championship
by Ramin Mazaheri, Future150 (11:10 AM CT, Fri May 10, 2019)
Alabama Thunder Elite takes home 17U Girls Title
Alabama Thunder Elite takes home 17U Girls Title
Ramin Mazaheri:

Regional Recruiting Analyst. Covering high and middle school basketball.

Birmingham, AL (Future150) -- The 2019 Future150 Tournament Series was home this past weekend for it's fourth tournament of the 2019 season in Hoover, AL at the Hoover Finley Center which featured 11 courts under one roof. The Birmingham Main Event has been one of Future150’s top tournaments in its series due to all of the talent in the Southeast.

The 17U Girls Division was a strong division throughout as each team competed game in and game out. The Alabama Thunder came out on top over an undefeated Chattanooga Steam team 34-28. The semifinals featured matchups of the Chattanooga Steam versus the Alabama Celtics and a matchup between the Safe Haven Warriors versus eventual champion, Alabama Thunder.

Let's take a look at feature players throughout the division:

Trinity Hambright - 2020, PF of the Alabama Thunder Elite is an athletic, versatile player who can play both inside and out. Hambright was an active player on both ends, finishing through contact and also crashing the boards. She is physical in her play, brings energy each game, and showed it with her performance throughout the weekend, averaging 13 points and 7 rebounds per contest.

Adrienne Wilson - 2020, PG of the Alabama Thunder Elite is a true floor general, maintaining poise on the floor with her decision making. She has a great first step which allowed her to be a downhill attacker throughout the weekend and finishing in the paint. She stays low with her dribble, doesn't turn the ball over much, and draws fouls when attacking. She showed her defensive intenstiy every possession and created a lot of turnovers for her team to help her team win the championship.

Jayda Wood - 2021, PG of the Chattanooga Steam is a scoring lead guard who has a fundamentally sound game. She plays the right way. Wood has a good feel for the game, keeps her poise in pressure situations, and gets teammates involved. Her specialty was shooting from outside as she can shoot the cover off the ball. She and her team were 4-0 before falling short in the championship to a scrappy and athletic Alabama Thunder Elite team.

Claire Mullins  - 2023, F of the Chattanooga Steam is a strong-bodied post who runs the floor very well, remains active on defense, and plays a fundamentally sound game. She is strong in the post, scores on all three levels, and has a pure shot! Mullins crashes hard on both ends as she was a key player for a team that finished 4-1 on the weekend, just short of a championship win.

Juquala Sherrod - 2020, PF of the Safe Haven Warriors is a rim-to-rim runner with great size. She has a strong build, posts up hard, and finishes very well around the rim. Sherrod was a big presence on both ends, blocking shots left and right. A strong rebounder, she averaged a double-double throughout the weekend in points and rebounds. Safe Haven Warriors fell short in the semifinals.

Malaja Alford - 2021, CG of the Alabama Celtics is a tough-nosed player who competes every possession. She has a good body, is strong, and attacks downhill relentlessly. Alford showed that she can defend at a high level, having applied pressure on opponents the length of the court. She was a key component for the Celtics all weekend, showed her basketball IQ by being in good help position when she was off the ball, and communicated well with her teammates.

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