GIRLS // 17U Lady Hoops
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Coach Ervin Taylor II //

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    • August 1-3, 2014: The Houston Lady Hoops participated in their final tournament, which was the Lone Star National Championships. The Lady Hoops had a even 5-0 sweep of the entire national. Their overall summer record for the entire year was 53-13. That is a wonderful first year of togetherness. These girls are on the map now, just as good as the boys. Houston's Best Kept Secret, has now been let out of the bag. Welcome the Lady Hoops to AAU Basketball and will be even stronger next season. They will be losing one senior; Italy Walker (signed with Texas State), she will truly be missed; one of the true Houston Hoopers. Next year, returners will be about 7 girls which is lead by the heavily recruited #22 - Ireneshia Johnson by University of Missouri Tigers; #14 - Eemani Brown (star point guard); #20 - Ashley Caldwell (Ms. Defense) the finger wave. Mirackle Sallie, Kirbee Celestine, Damonyka Roberts, Miya Crump all will have dominant and important roles next year as well. They play a big part in Coach Taylor's system and every lady on the team have to fill their own shoes and do their own job to be the best, and they have gotten a taste of that this year.

      Nationals: Game 1: 62-32 won by the Hoops. 22 - Ireneshia Johnson, 17 pts, 8 rebs; 14 - Eemani Brown, 13 pts, 6ast; 34 - Marri Jackson, 12 pts; 15 - Ashley Caldwell, 9 pts, 11 rebs, 7 blocks

      Game 2: Eemani Brown, 13 pts, 8 ast; Ireneshia Johnson, 13 pts, 10 rebs; Ashley Caldwell, 11 pts, 10 rebs, 5 blocks

      Game 3: Team Forfeit

      Game 4: Semi-Finals 41-40 won by the Hoops. Ashley C, 11 pts, 8 rebs, 8 blocks; Ireneshia J, 13 pts, 12 rebs; Delisha Byrd, 12 pts. Other Notes: Italy hit the game winning shot surrounded by 3 opposing players on the run for a (and 1 and freethrow to win), to get to the finals. Also, Raven Clark came back to the team and had a monster game defensively, with 7 steals and held the opposing teams star player to 0 points in the 2nd Half of the game.

      Game 5: Championship Game 47-41 won by the Hoops. Ireneshia J, 17 pts, 13 rebs; Eemani B, 11 pts, 7 asst; Byrd. 12 pts; Ashley C, 7 pts, 14 rebs, 5 blocks.

      These girls came out and did their thing. WE AS A FAMILY AND ORGANIZATION THAT CARES FOR OUR TEAMS NEED TO BE PROUD. The ladies represented the Hoops well this season with more to come.
    • July 28, 2014: The Houston Lady Hoops participated in the annual Basketball on the Bayou NCAA Certified Invitational Tournament. The Lady Hoops won their division, Jazz Festival Silver Division. They represented our organization and Hoops family to the max. Way to go ladies! We want to recognize #22 Ireneshia Johnson for getting recognition and hands on eyes by the University of Missouri. (Mizzou). They were very impress with her. See photos below.
    • June 29, 2014: Houston Lady Hoops were in Beaumont, TX this weekend handling business in the I-10 Battle. On June 28, the Lady Hoops defeated South East Texas in the first game. In the second game, the Hoops defeated LA Shock 49-23, and for the final game, the Hoops defeated BAC Cardinals 42-8 for the championship. Stand out of the weekend: Ashley Caldwell: Game 1: 11pts, 9rebs, 4blks; Game 2: 12pts, 6rebs, 4blks; Game 3: 10pts, 6rebs, 3blks, 4stls
    • June 15, 2014: The Houston Hoops Lady Hoops participated in the 2014 team June Jam. In Saturday's News; The Hoops were in a heated game with the Lady Roadrunners. The Hoops have beaten them already in a championship game a month ago by 20 points, so the Roadrunners had it out for the Hoops. In the morning game, the Hoops came up short 65-64 in their first game. Their second game, the Hoops defeated 3T Elite 47-42. In the third and final game of Saturdaynight bracket play began and the Hoops were victorious against Rage by a score of 58-43. In Sunday's action, the Hoops needed one game to get to the finals. By them going 2-1 on saturday put them in second place for bracket play. Sunday afternoon vs. Running Gators Mikaila Martin and Delisha Byrd were determined not to allow their Lady Hoops to be defeated. Both chipping in 17 points a piece and Mikaila having 11 rebounds the Hoops beat the Gators 63-43; and with that win they were able to get back to the rematch with the Roadrunners for the Championship. Led by Ireneshia Johnson with 27 points, the Hoops overcame the fight of the Roadrunners and pulled out a grueling 58-56 victory to become the 2014 June Jam Champions.
    • May 26, 2014: The Houston Lady Hoops have a summer record now 32-9. They are getting better and better. The team is very young and has more maturing to do. Only one senior leads the team. This weekend of May 23-25, the Lady Hoops participated in two tournaments. The Houston Elite Memorial Day Classic Showcase and the 4th Annual Buddy Ward III Tournament. In Friday news in the Buddy Ward Tournament the Lady Hoops beat the B. Ballin' Divas. It was a slow, tiring and sloppy game, but the ladies prevail 26-16 in the win, lead by Mikaila Martin with 16 points.

      In Saturday's news, the Hoops played 3 games in the Houston Elite Classic. It was a hard and injury prone Saturday for the Lady Hoops. All the premier players were tired and hurt in every part of themselves. There were five games played on Saturday alone and the Lady Hoops kept every game competitive, but could not prevail in any of the games, like we always say in our practice DON'T EVER UNDERESTIMATE THE HEART OF A CHAMPION!; IT'S NOT ABOUT THE SIZE OF THE DOG IN THE FIGHT; BUT IT'S ABOUT THE FIGHT IN THE DOG!! All the teams' losses on Saturday were against, DFW (55-52); MP Elite; Houston Elite; League City Defenders; OTCYBC Shotcallers. The Lady Hoops were majority hurt and tired with a brutal Elite Saturday schedule.

      On Sunday after a good night of rest and curfew by Coach Taylor, the Hoops came back with a furious attack on anyone that stood in their way. It took two wins in the Buddy Ward Tournament to win the championship and the Hoops took care of business. Led by Eemani Brown, Delisha Byrd, Kirbee Celestine, Mirackle Sallie, and Mikaila Martin, the Lady Hoops beat the League City Defenders 49-39 to get to the finals. For the Championship, the Hoops beat OTCYBC 51-30 to claim the 4th Annual Buddy Ward III Tournament first place championship.

    • May 18, 2014: On May 16-18, The Houston Lady Hoops participated in the H'Town Classic. The team played to their full potential and came out of the weekend with a clean sweep. On Friday May 16 vs. Houston Game Changers, the ladies prevailed with a 49-25 win. They were led by #22 Ireneshia Johnson with 23 points 8 rebs, #14 Eemani Brown with 14 points and 7 assists. On Saturday May 17 vs. BIG Basketball Hurricanes, the ladies prevailed with a 55-45 win. They were led by #32 Mirackle Sallie with 17 points and 8 rebs, #14 Eemani Brown with 20 points and 8 assists. After coming out of first place in their pool, they went into Sunday morning with a bye waiting on the winner of Texas Elite and Acadiana. On Sunday May 17 vs. Texas Elite, the ladies prevailed with a 52-49 win; led my #33 Mikaila Martin with 18 points and 10 reb; #14 Eemani Brown with 20 points. After that win, the ladies were pretty banged up with injuries, but the ladies showed their heart and courage to set up a rematch with the Cyfair Shock-Jolivette in the Championship game.

      The Ladies pulled out agrueling 52-50 win playing with the most passion and heart they have had this season. They did not take a loss for an answer. The ladies played hurt and still manage to pull out a win and redeem themselves with the Cyfair organization. Now they have a summer record of 29-4. Eemani Brown, Mikaila Martin, Ireneshia Johnson, and Delisha Byrd where the standouts of the championship win. GREAT JOB LADIES

    • May 5, 2014: Over the weekend May 2-3, the Houston Lady Hoops played in the Adidas Sweet 16 hosted by Texas Elite. Their record over the course of the weekend was 2-1. On Saturday the Lady Hoops didn't perform as well as they could have and beat themselves against Jolivette Cyfair Shock 57-42. After their defeat, the Hoops came back later that night and defeated East Texas Elite by the score of 66-55. By winning they were able to be the front runners in the consolation championship bracket. The Lady Hoops made it to the finals and Beat Texas Elite by the score of 41-26 and came home with the consolation champion trophy. Standouts were #22 Ireneshia Johnson, #32 Mirackle Sallie, #11 Delisha Byrd, Makaila Martin. These girls were all over the rebounds and scoring punch. And the teams' best defensive game was the Championship Game.
    • April 15, 2014: This past weekend (April 12 and 13) the Lady Hoops played in two tournaments. In the Cyfair Classic, the ladies went 2-0 in pool play, beating Hybrid Hoops 59 - 43 and South Texas Hoyas (63 - 25). In other news, later on Saturday the Hoops went to the Wildcat Explosion and defeated the Houstonians (59 - 39), and the Saturday night game was concluded with a win over 3T Elite (58 - 32). On Sunday, in a morning game the Lady Hoops took care of business against the Houston Lady Road Runners and won (65 - 45). The Lady Hoops have really come into a zone finding their identity as a winning team. Their overall summer record now is 20 - 1.
    • April 7, 2014: The LAdy Houston Hoops won First Place again - this time at the M3 Athletics Spring Classic. They went 5-0, defeating Zero Gravity, Central Texas Tarheels, Saints (49-13), Hoyas Elite (55-7), and S Sports 21 (42-22). The standouts of the M3 Tournament were Delisha Byrd #11; Mirackle Sallie #32; Ireneshia Johnson #22; Eemani Brown #14.
    • April 2, 2014: Over the weekend the Lady Hoops prevailed in all three She's Ballin showcase games.

      Game 1 vs. San Antonio UBAVE; 52-15

      Game 2 vs. Upskill Elite; 54-52

      Game 3 vs. Texas Elite; 56-39
    • March 23, 2014: The girls won first place in the Houston VYPE Magazine Bracket Buster High School tournament this weekend. Results:

      Runnin Rebels 39 vs Houston Hoops Lady Hoops 49 - Gabby Odom 16 points

      Houston Hoops Lady Hoops 50 vs Shooting Stars 44 - Mirackle Sallie scores 15

      Lady Hoops 54 vs Houston Premier Blue 48 - Ireneshia Johnson with 18 points and 10 rebs in the finals…

    • March 17, 2014: The team went 2-1 in the RCS Spring Ice Breaker this weekend. The Lady Hoops defeated the Louisiana Lady Blue Chips and RL9 Ladies by double digits. Standouts in the tournament were Ireneshia Johnson, Armarni Asberry, Mirackle Sallie, Gabrielle Odom-Lopez and Eemani Brown.

Head Coach: Ervin Taylor II

Asst. Coaches: La'Tika Taylor & Marvin Jackson

Trainer/Stats: Adrianna Taylor

  Player School
1 Natalie Brannon Alief Taylor
3 Miya Crump KIPP
5 Kirby Celestine Westside
11 Daleisha Byrd Chavez
14 Eemani Brown Lamar
15 Damonyka Roberts KIPP
Ashley Caldwell Cy-Falls
Ireneshia Johnson Bellaire
Kennedy Seriale Manvel
Mirackle Sallie Sterling
Marriahn Jackson Alief Taylor
Makaila Martin Chavez
Italy Walker Willowridge
  Briana Tristan Elsik
  Raven Clark Alief Taylor
2014 Schedule


Event Date


Humble, TX

Mar 1-2

RCS Sports Ice Breaker

Houston, TX
Mar 14-16

Off Da Hook

Houston, TX
Mar 21-23

She's Ballin Extravaganza

San Antonio, TX

Mar 29-30

Spring Classic


Apr 5-6

16th Annual Cy Fair Shock Invitational

Houston, TX
Apr 11-13

Bigfoot Hoops Houston Easter Classic

Houston, TX
Apr 18-20

Bigfoot Hoops Kingwood

Houston, TX
Apr 25-27

Sweet 16 Texas Elite

Houston, TX

May 3-4

Bigfoot Hoops H-Town Classic

Houston, TX
May 16-18

4th Annual Buddy Ward III Memorial

West Columbia, TX
May 24-25

Throw Down in H-Town

Houston, TX

May 31-Jun 1

June Jam

Houston, TX

Jun 13-15

UTSA Women's Summer Bball Camp

San Antonio, TX

Jun 20-21

Bayou Ballin' Nationals

Lake Charles, LA

Jun 27-29

Adidas Challenge

Houston, TX

Jul 5-6

Basketball on the Bayou

New Orleans, LA

Jul 22-25

Lone Star National Championships

San Antonio, TX

Aug 1-2

John Lucas Last Run

Houston, TX

Sept. 27-28

Aug. 1-3, 2014: 1st Place - Lone Star National Championships

July 22-25, 2014: Basketball of the Bayou - Jazz Festival Silver Division Champs

June 15, 2014: June Jam Champs

May 26, 2014

May 18, 2014: H-Town Classic Platinum Champs

1st Place M3 Athletics Tournament

1st Place VYPE Magazine Bracket Buster Tournament

The Lady Houston Hoops at the Spring Ice Breaker, March 2014










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Tournament List