NexLegacy Ladies take second in AAU tourney

Photo provided by FRANK GIARATONO -- The NexLegacy Ladies Basketball Club, of Hammond, standing from left, Coach DeMarquis Burise and team members Kayla Robertson, Belecia Amacker, Selena James and  Briana Thompson; front row, Jamya Young, Hailey Anne Giaratano and Troychelle Alexis competed at Walt Disney World's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. Show caption
Photo provided by FRANK GIARATONO -- The NexLegacy Ladies Basketball Club, of Hammond, standing from left, Coach DeMarquis Burise and team members Kayla Robertson, Belecia Amacker, Selena James and Briana Thompson; front row, Jamya Young, Hailey Anne Giaratano and Troychelle Alexis competed at Walt Disney World's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.

The NexLegacy Ladies Basketball Club, of Hammond, placed second in the nation competing in the Amateur Athletic Union eighth-grade, Division III National Championship Tournament this summer at Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.

The team dropped their first game of pool play to the New York City House of Sports. The NexLegacy Ladies then won six consecutive games against teams from Massachusetts, Georgia, Tennessee, New England and Alabama to earn a berth in the national championship game, which featured a rematch with the team from New York City.

The national championship was an extremely competitive game that came down to the final minute. NexLegacy gained a one-point lead with a layup with 10 seconds left on the clock. The New York team scored three points with only seconds left to claim the National Title 59–57.

NexLegacy is a Hammond-based training facility that specializes in fitness, strength, agility and basketball training.