The St. Louis Surge came up with their most exciting victory of the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League season to date, with a 98-81 victory over the Atlanta Monarchs last Saturday at Washington University.
With the victory, the Surge improved to 5-2 on the season, plus, they knocked the Monarchs from the ranks of the unbeaten after nine consecutive victories to open the season. One of those nine victories was a 107-99 victory over the Surge on June 17 in Atlanta, so the Surge gained some revenge as well.
Former Alton High standout Jaleesa Butler was on fire for the Surge with a game high 38 points, including a six-for-nine performance from 3-point territory and a perfect eight-for-eight from the free throw line. Top scorer Rebecca Harris added 22 points and nine rebounds while Brittany Carter chipped in with 19 points.
Through seven games, the Surge is averaging an impressive 105.7 points a game. Harris is averaging 28.1 points a game to lead four players in double figures. Carter is next at 17.9 points, followed by Butler’s 16.3 points and Kristi Bellock’s 15.7 points.
The Surge will be at home again on Saturday, July 7 when they host the Toledo Threat at 7 p.m. at Washington University. They will close the regular season home schedule on July 15 against Music City.
Kyren Williams picks the Irish
Standout football player Kyren Williams of Vianney gave a verbal commitment to Notre Dame last week. The 5’10” 200-pound Williams is one of the most talented players in the Class of 2019. He had nearly two dozen scholarship offers from many of the top programs in the country. He finally chose Notre Dame over Missouri and Michigan.
A versatile talent who is equally skilled at running and catching the football, Williams has scored 75 touchdowns in his first three years of varsity football for the Golden Griffins. As a junior, Williams scored a school-record 35 touchdowns while rushing for 992 yards and catching 51 passes for 774 yards. On defense, he also had 37 tackles, 3 sacks and 4 interceptions.
As a sophomore, Williams was instrumental in helping the Golden Griffins to the Class 5 state championship with 748 yards rushing, 591 yards receiving and 28 touchdowns. He broke into the starting lineup as a freshman and contributed 848 total yards and nine touchdowns.
Ashley Henderson shines at USATF Nationals
Former Hazelwood Central standout Ashley Henderson enjoyed a sparkling performance at last weekend’s USATF Nationals in Des Moines, Iowa. Henderson finished second in the women’s 100-meter dash and turned in a personal best time of 10.96 seconds in the process. Henderson turned in a wind-aided 10.91 time in the prelims to advance to the finals.
Henderson’s performance in the 100 was a terrific bounceback from the disappointment of not advancing to the finals of the 100 at the recent NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon. She did come back to finish sixth in the 200-meter dash and earn collegiate All-American honors for the 11th time in her career at San Diego State.
Jordan Barnett signs with Bucks
Former CBC and University of Missouri basketball standout Jordan Barnett has signed with the Milwaukee Bucks as an undrafted free agent. The 6’8” Barnett will play with the Bucks’ Summer League entry in July in Las Vegas. Barnett was also invited to the Bucks’ preseason training camp.
As a senior at Mizzou, Barnett averaged 13.7 points and 5.9 rebounds while shooting 45 percent from the field, 41 percent from 3-point range and 89 percent from the free throw line. He helped the Tigers’ to a 20-13 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.