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Thunder Wins NYAA Winter Nationals

The West Virginia Thunder girls’ basketball teams for the 2026 and 2027 senior years recently won the Naismith NYAA tournament in Blacksburg, Va. Both Thunder teams faced players from Florida,Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia and both teams went undefeated in their divisions and won the championship game. The teams are comprised on local girls from the Tri-State area. They also will play in GBA Nationals, U.S. Amateurs and AAU Nationals as well as tournament in Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Gatlinburg and Knoxville. Team members from both 2026 and 2027 teams are: front row left to right, Hayven Carter, Jayce Sammons, Kendall Taylor, Mollie Scites, Mia Adkins, Sophi Hutchison, Rayana Breckenridge, Mariah Johnson and Jeriyah Pryor; second row from left to right, Sienna Allen, Bailey Russell, Addison Godby, Taegan Leep, Addyson Cornell, Lucy Thompson, NIM Maynard, Karson Jones, K.K. Mays, Carley Boyd, Niomi Coats and Raelyn Trent. The teams were coach by Chris Staten and Bruce Morris. (Photo submitted)