TN Rush 7th Grade Team Sweeps National 2016 AAU Tournament

Left to right: Lisa Cronk (Asst. Coach), Haylee Johnson, Kennedy Agee, Kaydee Ferrell, Kyndal Ludick, Hailey Cronk, Bailey Evans, Shelby Beaty, Abbi Bilbrey, Chloe Burton and Josh Agee (Head Coach).

Left to right: Lisa Cronk (Asst. Coach), Haylee Johnson, Kennedy Agee, Kaydee Ferrell, Kyndal Ludick, Hailey Cronk, Bailey Evans, Shelby Beaty, Abbi Bilbrey, Chloe Burton and Josh Agee (Head Coach).

  “The week of July 3rd – 8th was one to remember for the TN Rush 7th Grade Girls basketball team.  Rush travelled to Kingsport, TN for the 2016 AAU National Tournament.  The Rush team faced a field of 27 teams from across the nation.  Coach Josh Agee had said he hoped to make the Elite 8 after seeing the teams they would be competing against up close.  The kids had other plans!  The Rush was the only team in the entire 27 team field to not lose a game during the tournament.  They also beat the teams that finished 2nd, 4th and 5th to win their championship.

In the last 3 games of the tournament the Rush found themselves facing double digit deficits but always battled back by sheer force of will.  This was a team in every sense of the word, whenever, whatever was needed someone stepped up and got the job done.

Although they gave up a considerable amount of size and athleticism to almost every team they faced, the Rush made up for it with heart, grit and determination.  This group is proof that teamwork, hard work and facing challenges head-on can overcome any obstacles.

Scores from the week were as follows:

TN RUSH 38, Illinois Lady Lightning 33

TN RUSH 60, Georgia Metros 25

TN RUSH 53, Alabama Lady Legends 21

TN RUSH 36, Murfreesboro Force 33 (Sweet 16)

TN RUSH 56, California Paye’s Place 46 (Elite 8)

TN RUSH 49, Pennsylvania In The Zone 44 (Final 4)

TN RUSH 47, Indianapolis Lady Impact 39 (Championship Game)

Josh Agee (DeKalb Co) was the head coach, and he was assisted by Lisa Cronk (Rickman).

Players were Haylee Johnson (York), Shelby Beaty (Allardt), Abbi Bilbrey (Pickett Co), Chloe Burton (Pickett Co), Bailey Evans (Pickett Co), Kennedy Agee (DeKalb Co), Kaydee Ferrell (DeKalb Co), Hailey Cronk (Rickman) and Kyndal Ludick (Macon Co)

On the season this team had an amazing record of 37-3 and won the following tournaments:

Zaxby’s March Madness

Hoops Classic

TN Rush AAU State Qualifier

AAU D2 TN State Tournament

AAU D2 National Tournament