The 2015 Deep South Classic champions were finally crowned on April 26 in Raleigh, NC. The event, which was played on 20 courts in the Raleigh Convention Center, once again received rave reviews from coaches and players from across the country.
Champions were determined in a total of 20 divisions, with clubs from nine different states taking home honors. The top levels, however, had a distinct Midwestern flavor.
In the 17U National title game, the Minnesota Fury 2016 Elite 17U squad defeated in-state rival Minnesota Stars Martin 17U. The Fury, which also took home the Deep South title last year, was led by the tandem of Taylor Koenen and Jamie Ruden. Koenen is a North Carolina commitment who is rated as the No. 45 recruit nationally in her class by the All Star Girls Report, while Ruden has committed to Arizona State who is listed at No. 79 by ASGR.
The Minnesota Stars’ run to the finals was paced by Nia Hollie (2016, 5-11, G, No. 37), Kiara Russell (2016, 5-8, G, No. 119) and LaShayla Wright-Ponder (2016, 6-0, F, No. 145).
The 16U National bracket competition came down to Team Ohio 16U’s victory over Barrie Juel Crown 16U out of Ontario, Canada. Team Ohio featured 6-4 Katrina Scheuvront and 5-10 shooting guard Ali Poole. The Canadians had a deep roster that was highlighted by Mikaela Brewer (2016, 5-11, G) and Georgia Lee (2016, 5-9, G).
Here is a look at all of the championship game scores:
2015 Deep South Classic Championship Results
17U National: Minnesota Fury 2016 Elite (MN) 69, Minnesota Stars Martin 17U (MN) 59
17U Signature A: Alabama Elite 17U (AL) 50, Westchester Hoopers 17U (NY) 44
17U Signature B: Bay State Magic Elite 17U (MA) 39, Minnesota Fury 2016 Gold 17U (MN) 27
17U Convention A: NC Zoom 17U (NC) 59, Team Bwright 17U (TN) 43
17U Convention B: Spectrum Elite 17U (VA) 81, Macon United Moore 17U (GA) 54
17U Open A: Wolves Elite 17U (OH) 51, CAS Panthers 17U (NY) 48
16U National: Team Ohio 16U (OH) 50, Barrie Juel Crown 16U (ON) 43
16U Signature A: GA Pearls UA Elite 16U (GA) 54, Elevate New Orleans 16U (LA) 45
16U Signature B: Honey Badgers 16U (MA) 76, W-S Stealers Grant White 16U (NC) 65
16U Convention A: Cy Fair Premier AC 16U (TX) 50, MESB Wolfpack 16U (MD) 33
16U Convention B: Team Bwright 16U (TN) 55, Confidence Cougars 16U (SC) 37
16U Open A: Lady Gaters 15U (NC) 53, Boston (10) 16U (MA) 48
16U Open B: Neptunes Terry 16U (VA) 50, NC Spartans 15U (NC) 26
15U National A: Rivals Black 15U (MA) 54, 43 Hoops Black 15U (MN) 53
15U National B: FBC MO Blue 15U (GA) 57, NC Heat 15U (MN) 32
15U Signature A: Central Maryland Attitude 15U (MD) 53, North Toronto Crown 15U (ON) 20
15U Signature B: Lady Royals 15U (NC) 56, Rivals Red 15U (MA) 44
14U National A: Matrix 2019 Black 14U (VA) 47, Charlotte Lady Warriors 14U (NC) 27
14U National B: TN Lady 14U (TN) 55, Infinity Flight 14U (WV) 41
14U Signature A: Minnesota Stars Nelson 13U (MN) 48, MA Huskies 14U (MA) 46
13U National A: Crossfire 13U (MN) 47, Triangle Tar Heels 13U (NC) 44
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