The St. Louis Surge is embarking on its seventh season as a member of the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League.
Under the leadership of owner Khalia Collier, the Surge is one of the most successful franchises in the WBCBL. They have won multiple national championships and have been at the top of the league in attendance throughout its existence.
After winning national titles in 2014 and 2016 and three regional championships, the Surge barely missed repeating as national champions last season. They suffered a heartbreaking one-point loss to the Georgia Soul in the national championship game last season in St. Louis.
The Surge’s quest to regain the championship begins on Saturday evening as they open their home schedule against the Midwest Flyers Elite at Washington University. Tip-off is scheduled at 7:05 p.m. with the doors opening at 6 p.m.
Head coach Tony Condra has done a tremendous job of taking over a successful program in the Surge and bringing it to another level of excellence on the court. With Condra at the controls, the Surge plays a very entertaining brand of basketball that can light up the scoreboard. They can routinely put up 100 points with several talented players sharing the ball and getting buckets.
Through three games this season, the Surge is currently 2-1 and averaging 90 points a game. The leader of the team is 5’8” guard Rebecca Harris, who has been the team’s showcase performer in recent years. The former Mascoutah and University of Illinois standout is currently averaging 31 points a game. A true stat-sheet stuffer, Harris is also averaging 6.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.3 steals while shooting 57 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range.
Former Alton High and Georgetown standout Jaleesa Butler has also been a strong contributor for the Surge for several seasons. The 6’1” Butler is currently averaging 15.3 and 6.1 rebounds a game while providing versatility at several positions. Another local product is former Incarnate Word Academy standout Brittany Carter who swings between forward and guard. The 6’0” Carter averages 10.3 points, five rebounds and three steals a game.
Providing even more scoring for the Surge are 6’1” forward Kristi Bellock and 6’0” guard Laura Johnson, who are both averaging 11 points a game.
The rest of the Surge roster consists of 5’7” guard Bianca Latham, 6’2” forward Mariah King, 5’6” guard Jordan Jones, 5’11” forward Leti Lerma, 5’9” guard Kelsey McClure and 6’1” forward Sherise Williams.
Tickets are on sale for Surge games for $10 at the door. Season tickets can also be purchased on line at stlsurgebasketball.com.
St. Louis Surge Remaining Schedule
(Home games in Caps at Washington University)
June 9: MIDWEST FLYERS ELITE, 7:05 p.m.
June 16: at Georgia Stampede, 7 p.m.
June 17: at Atlanta Monarchs, 2 p.m.
June 23: ATLANTA MONARCHS, 7:05 p.m.
June 30: TOLEDO THREAT, 7:05 p.m.
July 7: GEORGIA STAMPEDE, 7:05 p.m.
July 15: MUSIC CITY ICONS, 2:05 p.m.