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Tennessee Flight win Nike Nationals in North Augusta

Tennessee Flight 68, Boo Williams 61

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Rebecca Greenwell’s final game in a Tennessee Flight jersey will be a memorable one.

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Members of the Tennessee Flight women's basketball team gather for a group picture after winning the Gold final of the Nike Nationals at Riverview Park Activities Center in North Augusta.    EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
Members of the Tennessee Flight women's basketball team gather for a group picture after winning the Gold final of the Nike Nationals at Riverview Park Activities Center in North Augusta.

The rising high school senior scored 17 of her game-high 22 points in a six-minute span to help the Tennessee Flight earn another Nike Nationals championship this afternoon with a 68-61 win over Boo Williams in the Gold Division’s title game.

Greenwell, who said she’s narrowed her college choices down to Notre Dame and Duke, was the star of the tournament, which completed its eighth consecutive year at North Augusta’s Riverview Park Activities Center.

“This is my last AAU year, and it’s awesome to go out with a win like this,” said Greenwell, who will leave Wednesday to join the U.S. team in preparations for the U17 World Championship. “This is the tournament we’ve been wanting to win the entire summer. So it feels good to actually go out and win it.”

Greenwell and her Flight teammates fell behind early in today’s championship game. Boo Williams’ 6-foot-3 center Jatarie White created problems in the paint and spurred her team to an 11-6 advantage over Tennessee through the game’s first eight minutes.

But the Flight hit 5 of 7 three-point attempts in the first half, including back-to-back shots from Alexa Middleton and Jaycee Coe to claim a 12-11 lead. With the deficit erased, Greenwell scored 17 points in the final six minutes of the first half to give the Flight a 31-27 halftime lead.

“Rebecca Greenwell has to be the most celebrated player ever to play Nike Basketball,” Flight coach Tom Insell said. “There’s been a lot more great players to play Nike Basketball. But for somebody to do what she’s done is unbelievable.”

Insell said his team has made the finals four times and won it three times, including this year’s title. Greenwell was part of all three championship teams. This year’s win had the added significance of capping a comeback from a tear of her anterior cruciate ligament last September.

“It’s behind me now,” said the 17-year-old from Owensboro, Ky. “I had to get used to wearing the brace, but my knee is 100 percent.”

Kaela Davis added 15 points and Middleton hits two 3s to finish with 12 points for the Flight.

Adrienne Motley led Boo Williams with 15.


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