Aijha Blackwell

Whitfield girls basketball standout Aijha Blackwell (middle) was selected to the USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team.

Standout girls’ basketball player Aijha Blackwell of Whitfield has been selected to the USA Women’s U18 National Team.

A 6’0” guard, Blackwell was one of 35 players who participated in the tryouts for three days this week at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. She will compete for the USA Team that will play in the FIBA Americas U18 Championships from August 1-7 at a site to be determined.

Blackwell has been one of the top players in the St. Louis area since her freshman year at Whitfield. She led the Warriors to two consecutive Final Four berths in the Class 3 state tournament, including a third-place finish this season.

As a junior, Blackwell averaged 24.2 points a game to lead the St. Louis metro area in scoring. She also averaged 8.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.0 steals while shooting 61 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range.

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