It’s been an eventful summer for Middlesboro Middle School basketball standout Blair Green.
The 5-11 guard/forward started for the Tennessee Fury 6th-grade team that won the D1 AAU Girls National Championship on July 6 in Franklin, Tenn.
Green averaged about 13 points and 10 rebound a game in eight tournament wins as Tennessee beat out 53 of the top 6th-grade AAU teams from around the country.
In pool play the Fury defeated Keji Aikanes, Calif.; the Maryland Lady Tigers and New Orleans Lady Trojans. Bracket play saw Tennessee post wins over the Indiana Elite; George Hill, Ind.; and the Indiana Blizzard. In the semifinals the Fury got past Team Adidas from Missouri and then came from behind to beat Dallas Elite from Texas in the championship game.
Green scored 12 points and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds in the finals as Tennessee rallied from a 27-16 halftime deficit to win going away.
The Fury finished the season with a record of 38-5 and will enter next year as the number one ranked D1 7th-grade team in the country.
The Tennessee Fury is a faith based AAU basketball organization based in Knoxville. This is their first national championship.
Other team members include: Abbey Cornelius (Cedar Bluff), Haylee Luttrell (Wartburg Central), Keayonna Bourne (Farragut Middle), Katie Bean (Alcoa Middle), Casey Collier (Webb School of Knoxville), Madison McCoy (Webb
School of Knoxville), Brooke Christian (Webb School of Knoxville), and Sydni Harvey (Brentwood Academy). The team is coached by Shelley Collier (Webb School of Knoxville) and Shane Wells (Christian Academy of Knoxville) and assisted by Ray Christian and Rob Wampler.
Green has been back with her MMS teammates playing in summer league games this month as the Lady Jackets get ready for the middle school season. They open up on Aug. 9 at Leslie County.