The Sting’s seniors have played countless games during the past few summers. But their summer AAU careers closed Monday in a 57-49 loss to Deep South Elite at Christenberry Fieldhouse in Peach State Basketball’s ELITE 32 Summer Jam action.
The team was made up of local players and earlier won their Garden City Roundball Classic tournament with a 62-41 win against Peak Performance Black.
“We’ve been playing together for the last four years,” Jahmia Bradley, a senior at Westside, said as her eyes watered a bit. “I’m going to miss it.”
Bradley had a memorable start to her last AAU game, making four 3-pointers in the first half as the Sting led by as much as eight points at 20-12. Bradley said she made shooting a priority this summer.
But turnovers cost them the game as the Sting played too fast and too fancy, with passes to either no one or Deep South Elite players.
However, there were memorable moments in the finale. Aleisha Merriweather from Richmond Academy was strong inside early scoring six consecutive Sting points. Briarwood’s Malia Kency was in foul trouble most of the game, though she did hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 51-45 as coaches from Georgia Southern and Winthropwatched.
The last game didn’t end in a win, and after all those games, the tired Sting would have gladly got up for a contest one more time.
“It’s mostly a sleepy tired,” Kency said. “I’m not tired of basketball.”