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Thunder 8th Grade Finishes 4th in the Nation (YBOA National Championship)
The Crossville Thunder 8th Grade team advanced to the Final Four of the YBOA National Championships in Kissimmee, FL July 10 - 16, 2011 finishing at #4 nationally. Only 8 of the original 12 Thunder girls were able to attend the National tournament this year, which made the adventure a bit more difficult. In the first game, our numbers dropped to 7 players after a season-ending injury to one of the girls.
Despite the challenges of playing with only 7 players, the girls started the tournament by winning 3 consecutive pool games and earning one of 3 #1 seed spots for the Championship Bracket. In pool play, the Thunder girls defeated the Tuscaloosa Warriors by 7, the Florida Lightning (the eventual National Champions!) by 15 points, 58 - 43, and the Georgia Thunder by 26 points, 60 - 34. Thunder advanced to Final Four by defeating the Carolina Devils by 7 points. In the Final Four game, shots just would not fall for the girls and they dropped that game by 5 points (33-28). It was a great year for the 8th grade team, finishing 2nd in the State in AAU and YBOA and then capping the year with a 4th place finish Nationally at YBOA. Great job ladies!
Thunder 8th and 11th Grade in Final Four of AAU State Tourney
For the 3rd consecutive year, the original Thunder ladies (this year's 11th Grade team) are in the Final Four of the AAU State Tournament. They finished pool play undefeated, defeating Memphis Elite and Tennessee Flight Select, and received a quarterfinal bye. And following in the footsteps of their older "Thunder Sisters," the 8th grade girls have also made their first foray into the AAU State Final Four. After dropping their first game to McMinn Fire, the 8th Graders recovered with 2 consecutive pool victories over Tennessee Team Pride and TN Fury to finish 2nd in their pool, then they won the first game of championship bracket play over the TN Xtreme.
8th Grade Thunder Champions of the Strawberry Jam Tournament
The 8th Grade ladies were the undefeated champions of the Strawberry Jam in Dayton, TN (May 13 - 15). With victories over the Cleveland Cobras and the Greenwave, Thunder entered bracket play in the semi-final of tournament against cross-town rivals, the Crossville Comets (2010 D3 AAU National Champions). Thunder found themselves at a deficit at halftime, but defensive adjustments held the Comets to just 7 points (5 were free throws) in the 2nd half and regulation ended in overtime. In the highlight of the game, Abby Griffin knocked down a 3pt shot at the buzzer to tie the game. Thunder then took an early lead in OT, forcing the Comets to foul. The girls stepped up again with great defense and some clutch foul shots to put the game out of reach and Thunder won going away. Of important note, the Comets who normally rattle their opponents with an intense press were unable to effective full-court press our girls, which is a great testament to our ballhandling skills.
In the Championship game, the girls started out slow but finished strong to win by a double digit margin over the Dalton Fire.
Strawberry Jam Success
Crossville Thunder's 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th grade teams all participated in the Strawberry Jam tournament in Dayton, TN. The 4th and 8th grade teams came away with Championships. The 6th, 7th, 9th, and 10th grade teams took runner-up positions in the tournament. The competition was strong and the tournament was well-run. Congratulations on a great weekend for all teams!
Thunder 11th Grade Wins AAU State Qualifier in Trotter Land
11th Grade Thunder Ladies 3-PEAT at Tennessee Mountain Jam!
The 11th grade Thunder had a productive weekend picking up 3 wins and claiming the championship in the TN Mountain Jam. The girls took on the GA Lady Shooters on Saturday afternoon. The first quarter saw both teams struggling a bit to score and ended with the Thunder holding an 8 to 7 lead. The Thunder heated up a bit in the second quarter scoring 18 points and jumping out to a 26 to 16 lead going in to the half. The GA Shooters chipped away at the lead in the second half outscoring the Thunder 11 to 10 in the third quarter and 21 to 18 in the forth, however we were able to hold them off and finish with a 54 to 48 victory.
The nightcap for the Thunder was against the TN Lady Trotters. The Thunder gained an 8 to 4 lead in the first quarter but was outscored 20 to 14 in the second giving them a 22 to 24 deficit at the half. The Thunder was able to cut into the lead by outscoring the Trotters 16 to 14 in the third quarter and gave a final push in the fourth quarter to claim the 48 to 45 victory.
The third and final game was a re-match with the TN Lady Trotters on Sunday afternoon. The Trotters jumped out to an early 10 to 0 lead. The Thunder regrouped and went into the half down by 3 points, 23 to 26. The Thunder came out playing inspired basketball in the third quarter to take the lead and never looked back as they rolled to a 61 to 43 victory, scoring 23 points in the final period.
This marks this team's 3rd straight Tennessee Mountain Jam championship. It was great to see the girls working together again and doing what they do best......win. Roll Thunder!
4th Grade Thunder Team takes 2nd in Tennessee Mountain Jam
The Crossville Thunder 4th Grade team made their debut this weekend and it was one that did not disappoint. The "Little Ones" as they were called by their older Thunder members came out strong as they began their tournament season with an impressive 3 and 1 start. Their only loss of the weekend came in the TN Mountain Jam 4th Grade Championship game. Way to go girls! Keep up the good work!
The 15U Thunder Girls had an outstanding showing at the AAU D2 National Championship at the ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney World. This was a big time tournament with some big time competition from around the country. The original pool of 4 (there were 7 pools of 4) that we started our play in produced the National Champion, the #6 team in the nation, and the #8 team in the nation. On another note, the Team Memphis Elite team that we beat by 28 in the AAU State Tournament ended up taking the #7 spot in the Nation. No other pool even came close. Just like last year, our strength of schedule was second to none and we were extremely competitive. We finished tied for 2nd in our pool (1 team went 3-0 and the others 3 went 1-2), playing the eventual National Champion (New England Sharpshooters) closer than any other team in the tournament. In that game, we led at half time by 7 but got down by 2 with 1:35 to go in the game and could not close the gap again. No one else in the tournament even played the Sharpshooters to less than 15 points. We defeated the D2 Florida State Champions, the Brevard Lady Blue Thunder in a tight 1 point game to knot up the pool in a 3-2 way 2nd place tie.
In the first round of Championship bracket play, an error at the scorer's table created by the head official, cost us a halftime lead of 30 -26 over the Florida Angels (the referee changed the score to 28 - 28, taking a four point lead away from us). We were back and forth the entire game and eventually lost the game by those same 4 points that were taken from us.... 54 - 50 was the final.
Unlike last year, upon entering the Classic Bracket, we did not let adversity prevent us from moving forward and we made it to the Final Four of that bracket eventually falling to an outstanding Cardinal Select team (after leading most of the game) by 7 points. In the 1st round of that bracket, we drew the very tough and very physical Baltimore Cougars. After falling to a 2 point deficit at halftime, the Thunder girls went a strong run late in the 2nd half, fueled by a unrelenting defense, some outstanding inside rebounding, and some clutch free throws. The girls could have given up when human error cost them a legitimate shot at the National Champions, but proved to be true fighters taking the first game over Baltimore 60 to 50. Every player scored and contributed in this game, which proved to be one of our best of the tournament against a fast, strong team. In the Elite 8 bracket game, the Thunder ladies produced another great win over the Della Storm team from Missouri 51 - 48. Again, the girls overcame a halftime deficit to come back and win the key Elite 8 game. During this game, we unfortunately lost a key player to an ankle injury, leaving us to play with 7 players. Our injury situation only got worse prior to the Final Four game with 3 other foot injuries and a scratched retina. The girls fought through it and nearly pulled out the Final Four victory anyway, finally losing by a score of 49 to 42 to a really good Cardinal Premier team (they eventually won the championship of the Classic Bracket by more than 25 points).
We are extremely proud of the way this team fought and scrapped for some tough losses and some key victories. We added 2 girls to our roster of 6 to go with us to Nationals this year and those 2 girls did not get to play a single game with us until the 1st game of the National Tournament. I can only imagine our finish had we had everyone in place for a few more weeks with some game experience under our belts. I truly believe that everyone on the team had fun, learned some things, and made some new friends through the process. Thanks for a "drama-free" National Tournament. Great job girls! We'll be back next year with a vengeance! Have a great school season.
12U Girls Win Panther Classic
The Crossville Thunder 12U team finished a great season with a championship at the Panther Classic in Portland, TN. The girls played some outstanding basketball against some top-notch opponents and went undefeated. The Thunder ladies beat the Smith County Beasts (appropriately named...they had some BIG players) and Cookeville Express to make it to the Championship game against the Tennessee Rush 12U girls. The girls started the championship game out very strong and held on to win by 11 to bring home the hardware.
We are all extremely proud of this team for the way the played together to beat many teams with bigger players and sometimes teams with more talent this year. Next year promises to be even better. Have a great school season and we will see you in February/March of 2011.
15U Girls Finish 2nd in State at AAU State Tournament
The 15U Thunder girls fell just short of repeating as the Tennessee AAU State Champions in soggy Shelbyville. A very strange turn of events that began with a 16U team in an AAU 15U tournament, ended with a disappointing loss to the Team 4-Evergreen. Team 4-Evergreen proved to be unstoppable the entire weekend, winning every game by double digits. The 4-Evergreen team featured a point guard that some sources feel may be the best incoming junior point guard in the state, TT Flowers and some of her Lake County teammates (Shamon Pearson, as well as key players from that area of the state, including Dyersburg High School (KK Tate) and Union City High School.
The 15U girls were in the same opening pool as 4-Evergreen and thus finished with one loss and 2nd place in Pool B, qualifying them for the Final Four. In Game One of pool play, they met the unknown Team 4-Evergreen and were not ready for the overall team speed they faced, turning the ball over 32 times. They managed to get within 5 points mid-way through the 2nd half, but could not push through...losing by a score of 61 - 46. The 2nd game of pool play was another strange turn with a forfeit loss by the TN Dream Phoenix caused, we believe, by the flooding in the Nashville area.
Making it through pool play in 2nd position meant the 15U team would face a familiar nemesis in the Memphis Elite, who had finished pool play undefeated and #1 in their pool. This game was a rematch of last year's one point victory for the Lady Thunder in the quarterfinals. This time, however, the Thunder girls played one of their best games of the year, beating Team Memphis Elite 71 - 43 in the State Semi-Final game. Unfortunately, the girls would later drop their 2nd game to the 4-Evergreen to take the Runner-Up trophy.
12U Girls Finish 3rd in AAU D1 Substate (Regional State Qualifier)
The 12U Thunder Girls were 2 - 2 at the 2010 AAU D1 Substate Tournament in Ashland City and finished in third overall. They started the tournament with 1 point victory over the Tennessee Elite (Phillips), getting and keeping the lead early in the 2nd half. In the 2nd game, they lost by 7 points to the host team Cheatham Shockers. After moving to the loser's bracket of the tournament, they rebounded to the championship of that bracket with a 29 point win over the Southside Stars. In the Championship game, they lost a 2nd time to the well-oversized Cheatham Shockers to secure their 3rd place finish. It was overall a very good showing for the girls. They dug deep and did not quit when they were down. We are proud of their efforts.
Thunder Girls Make Championship Games in 4 Different Age Divisions at Cavalier Rumble
Crossville Thunder 11U, 13U, 14U, and 15U teams made the championship games in their respective age groups at the Cavalier Rumble. Unfortunately, all 4 teams lost hard-fought battles to finish with the runners-up positions in all 4 divisions. The Cavalier Rumble was full of strong competition in all 5 of the age groups we participated in. The 10U team fell just short of reaching bracket play on Sunday. The 12U team was playin in the AAU D1 Substate in Ashland City. See story above.
Strong competition just makes us better.
Crossville Thunder 15U Team Repeats as AAU Substate Champions
They've done it again! The 15U Thunder girls repeated as AAU Substate Champions yesterday in Shelbyville, TN defeating Tennessee Elite by a score of 82 - 53. As we have come to expect from these girls, a concerted team effort led to a key victory and moved the Thunder ladies one step closer to repeating as AAU D2 State Champions.
At Crossville Thunder, we teach that team dynamics, togetherness, love, and trust are what creates a winning team. Every player must fulfill her role on the floor in order to optimize the team's game performance. We truly have role players that know what they must do individually to complete the team. These girls are a shining example of team chemistry. Chemistry is an amplifier for individual capabilities and there is no substitute for it. Congratulations Ladies!
Photos will be available soon.
New Thunder Action Photos Available at Inmanphotography.com!!
There are several new Crossville Thunder action photos available at inmanphotography.com. Thanks to Jimmy for the awesome pics!
Tennessee Mountain Jam (YBOA) a Big Thunder(ing) Success
Crossville Thunder girls participated in 6 age divisions and came away with 3 Championships and 1 Runner-Up trophy at the Tennessee Mountain Jam YBOA tournament at Carson-Newman College last weekend. The 12U girls were undefeated in their 5 games, as were the 15U girls (final game was a forfeit by the 17U Trotters). The 12U girls won this YBOA-sanctioned tournament for the 2nd year in a row, as did the 15U girls. Championships were won by the 12U team, the 14U team, and the 15U team (in the 17U division). The 11U team finished in second place in their division.
The 10U and 13U teams ran into some tough competition, but competed well. All of the teams are showing marked improvement from week to week.
Thunder Girls Have Strong Showing at Predator Classic in McMinn
Overall, the Thunder girls looked stronger in their 2nd full tournament at the Predator Classic in McMinn.
As mentioned below, the 10U team won 2 of their 3 games to finish in 2nd place.
The 11U team fought hard and lost some close battles.
The 12U team won 2 of 3 to finish 2nd in their division, losing only to the McMinn Fire (home team) by 8 points.
The 13U team had some close games with a key victory to get them moving in the right direction.
The 14U girls really looked much better this past weekend and lost to some very good teams. Next to our 10U girls, the 14U girls appeared to be the most improved this week. They fought and worked hard and just couldn't pull out the victories.
The 15U girls went undefeated in the High School Division to win the only championship of the weekend. The 15U girls are a special group and are the "founding sisters" of the Crossville Thunder organization, starting with their 12U season in 2007. 3 of these girls have traveled together since their 10U season in 2005. Go watch them play if you get a chance.
Thunder 10U Gets First (and second) Win at Predator Classic!
It all has to start with the first win! Congrats to our 10U team on a great weekend performance. You are getting better every practice.
Crossville Thunder Participates in Bandits Hoop It Up Classic: 12U Team Wins Division
The Thunder 10U, 11U, and 12U teams all competed in the 2010 Bandits Hoop It Up Classic in Knoxville this past weekend. The 10U and 11U teams are brand new this year and we are very proud of their efforts in their very first travel team tournament. They will continue to improve and grow together as the season progresses. We appreciate their attitudes and effort.
The 12U Thunder girls won their first tournament of 2010. The girls took the Bandits Classic title (finishing 3-0) with wins over the Tennessee Top Guns 12U (Cleveland), the Celtics 12U (Knoxville) and the Tennessee Top Guns 11U (Cleveland). With 2 new girls this year, this team appears to have great chemistry. Great job girls!
Special Thanks to Jimmy Inman of Inman Photography (www.inmanphotography.com) for some outstanding quality photos.
14U Finishes 13th in Nation at D2 AAU National Tournament
The 14U Thunder team finished 13th in nation this past week in Hampton, VA at the AAU D2 National Tournament. After defeating the BWSL Elite team 45-42 in the tournament opener, the girls dropped 3 games to very strong opponents to finish 13th overall.
2 of the 3 losses were to teams that finished in the Top 5 in the country. A really good way to indicate where a team is in the grand scheme of things would be to look at the strength of opponents. 3 of Thunder's opponents finished in the Top 5 of the National Tournament. In fact, 2 of the 3 teams in our pool finished #2 and #3 in the country. That indicates a very tough pool draw. We are very proud of the way our girls fought and competed in the National venue.
#2 Ranked Team in the Nation: Georgia Sparks (we lost by 5)
#3 Ranked Team in the Nation: BWSL-Elite (we won by 3)
#5 Ranked Team in the Nation: Carolina All-Stars - (we lost by 12)
We would like to thank everyone who helped and supported us this year. We are looking forward to another successful year in 2010.
Crossville Thunder Fireworks Fundraiser A Big Success
The 2009 Fireworks Fundraiser was a big success and will help us fund our National Tournament expenses as well as give us a headstart on our year next year. Since we spend more than $500 per player each year, it is critical that we fundraise and this is our biggest of the year. Thanks to everyone who helped make it a success.
Our Yard Sale fundraiser was also a big success, bringing in more than $500 in one day.
12U Girls Finish 2nd in YBOA State Tournament
11U Girls Finish 3rd in YBOA State Tournament
11U and 14U Win Lady Jets Classic Championships
The 11u and 14u teams went undefeated this past weekend at the Lady Jets Classic Tournament in Crossville and brought home their respective championship trophies. The 11U team defeated the Tennessee Force, Brown Bears, and the Lady Stingers (twice) to win their championship. The 14U team beat the Tennessee Force (twice) and the Blue Angels to capture the title. Congrats to both teams!
Thunder Girls Lend a Hand at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life
The Crossville Thunder ladies were on hand Friday night at the Community Complex for the Relay for Life fundraising event. The players presented medals to the Survivors following the very emotional ceremonial first lap. These girls give their time just as they play basketball...with lots of HEART! Scroll down for more photos from the event.
14U Crossville Thunder Girls are AAU STATE CHAMPIONS
The Crossville Thunder 14U girls won the AAU D2 State Tournament held in Shelbyville, TN May 1 - 3.
The format of the State Tournament was pool play with two pools of four teams seeded according to their finishes in the four different AAU Substate Tournaments. Two teams from each Substate location advanced to the State Tournament. Following the pool play a four-team (Top 2 in each Pool) bracket tournament was played to determine the Champion and the next 3 positions.
The Thunder girls won game one on Friday night over #2 Seed Tennessee Dream Phoenix by a score of 39-34. Although the score looked tight on the scoreboard, Thunder had this game in hand for the majority of game, giving up eight late points to make it seem closer.
In game two on Saturday at Noon, Thunder unleashed 75 points on the Tennessee Nets to win 75-54. The perimeter was hot with nine 3-point shots falling for the Thunder. This marked a season-high offensive performance for the team, with all nine Thunder girls contributing to the point total. Thunder also set a high mark for most points in a half with 42 in the first half.
In game three at 7:30pm on Saturday, the girls had a battle on their hands against #1 Seed Memphis Elite, a perennial AAU powerhouse. Thunder trailed 25-23 at the end of the 1st half and were behind again as late as the last 3 minutes of the game. A late burst of offense and some strong defensive stops gave the Thunder a tremendous 51 - 46 victory. This win is a great example of what Thunder basketball is about, TEAMWORK. There is no question that without the efforts of all 9 girls, there would have been no success this weekend.
The three straight wins put the Thunder in the Final Four on Sunday. The semi-final game on Sunday morning against the Tornadoes would be another battle. Although Thunder led at the end of a very physical first half 23-22, the Tornadoes went on a 17-4 run to take a 12 point lead with about 10 minutes to go in the contest. The Thunder girls were able to fight back with their own 12-0 run to tie the game with about 6 minutes remaining and were able to hang on to defeat the Tornadoes 61 - 56.
The Championship Game on Sunday afternoon against the Tennessee Team Glory would prove to a bit anti-climatic, as the Thunder cruised to a 59 - 31 win. This game featured tremendous work in the paint and several strong backdoor cuts for scores. Again, a strong team performance with everyone contributing to the point total.
We are extremely proud of the Crossville Thunder girls for this team effort. They are a shining example of a team that wins with heart and strong team chemistry. Our program does not promote focus on individual statistics, our focus is on those areas that encourage teamwork such as assists, ball deflections, team rebounding, blocking out, playing help defense, execution on both sides of the ball, and sportsmanship. The 14U girls have won 16 straight contests and are now 17-2 overall.
A special thanks to our sponsors, our coaches, and our incredible team parents for their support.
SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE ACTION SHOTS FROM 14U AAU STATE TOURNAMENT
12U Thunder Wins Cavalier Rumble
Crossville Thunder 12U girls were undefeated (5-0) outscoring their opponents 202-127 in the Cavalier Rumble held May 1-3. This tournament featured tough competition from Shelbyville, Sparta, and Celina. The 12U girls have won 2 consecutive tournaments and are enjoying a 10 game winning streak.
The 13U girls were 2-1 in pool play and made it to bracket play on Sunday before being eliminated in the semi-finals.
Crossville Thunder Teams a Big Success at Hallz Haz Hoopz Tourney
Crossville Thunder had a successful weekend at the Hallz Haz Hoopz Tournament held April 24 - 26, making the championship game in 3 of the 4 age groups entered. The 11U, 12U, and 14U teams all made it to their respective championship games on Sunday undefeated in pool play. The 13U team ran into some very tough competition, finishing 1-2 for the tournament.
The 11U team took the runner-up spot with a record of 3-1, after dropping a close game to the Lady Rhinos (2008 AAU Substate Champions) 26 - 21. In pool play, the 11U Thunder outscored its opponents 125-29.
The 12U team was undefeated (5-0) for the entire weekend, compiling a record of 5-0 and outscoring their opponents 161-97. The 14U team was also undefeated for the weekend (4-0), winning the championship against the Tennessee Valley Cats (Powell) by a score of 42-25.
11U Hallz Haz Hoopz Runner-Up
14U State Tournament Action
14U Thunder Wins D2 AAU Substate Championship over Team Tennessee Glory 61-58
The 14U Crossville Thunder girls won a hard-fought contest against Team Tennessee Glory (Memphis)in the D2 AAU Substate Championship in Shelbyville by a score of 61-58. In a game with several lead changes, Thunder finished strong and ended the game on top. The Glory team was well-coached and fundamentally strong, making this a great victory. This marks the first AAU Substate Championship for the Crossville Thunder team and moves them one step closer to an AAU State Championship. Thunder will be one of the top seeds in the AAU State Tournament May 1 - 3.
12U Action at AAU Substate
The 12U Thunder girls finished the AAU Substate with a 1-2 record. They faced some extremely tough competition, illustrated by their first round draw of the Tennessee Team Pride. This group is beginning to gel as a team and will have a great year.
More 12U Action at AAU Substate
11U Thunder Competes Strongly in AAU Substate in Shelbyville
The 11U girls played well and fought hard throughout the AAU Substate tournament in Shelbyville. Division 1 is the only division in the 11U age group and the Thunder showed they belonged there winning 1 game over the Tennessee Stars (White) by 36 points and losing 2 VERY close games this past weekend to the Murfreesboro Stars and Tennessee Stars (Blue). Last year, these 2 teams beat this Thunder team by an average of 28 points, so a huge improvement. They continue to get better every week. Please congratulate these girls on a job well done.
14U Girls Win YBOA Tennessee Mountain Jam at Carson-Newman College
The 14U Crossville Thunder Girls team won the YBOA-Sanctioned Tennessee Mountain Jam at Carson-Newman College. The 14U bracket featured teams from North Carolina and Tennessee. Thunder finished 5-0 for the weekend with wins over Tennessee Extreme II (2 wins), Lady Trotters, Carolina Thunder, and Lady Steam. Congratulations on some great play, Ladies. For a group of girls that has only been together for a few weeks as a unit, you sure play like a real cohesive TEAM.
Go get 'em Coach Heather!
11U Girls Win YBOA Tennessee Mountain Jam at Carson-Newman College
The 11U Crossville Thunder Girls team won the YBOA-Sanctioned Tennessee Mountain Jam at Carson-Newman College. The 11U bracket was strong with teams from Ohio, North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. Thunder finished 5-0 for the weekend with wins over RCBA Bearcats, Little Miami Hoops, Franklin Panthers, Elite Purple, and the Lady Tornadoes. This championship gave the young Thunder team 30 points toward YBOA Tournament seeding.
Congratulations Ladies! Your hard work is paying off. We are proud of you.
The Story of the Widow's Mites
This is one of the greatest life lessons of all time, teaching us (among many other things) that we should make the most of the gifts we have been given.
"As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in her two mites. "Truly I tell you," he said, "this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on." (Luke 21:1-4)
The Christian lesson of the widow's mites, as relayed in Luke (21:1-4) and Mark (12:41-44), is an enduring testament to the value of faith. A destitute widow has only a few mites to her name, and those she gave selflessly as her donation to the Temple. (Mites were ancient pennies, fairly worthless at the time). Jesus comments that her modest gift was worth more than the ostentatious contributions of the wealthy, for her mites represented all that she had.