The Conyers Rockets are a new Women's Professional Developmental Basketball Organization out of Conyers, Georgia. The organization gives each individual the opportunity to further their career in women's basketball. This team is owned and coached by Barry E. Robinson II of Augusta, Georgia. He was an assistant coach in the 2012-2013 basketball season for the Atlanta Tarheels and the Atlanta Riverhawks basketball teams in the WBCBL. The Rockets' staff includes general manager Reggie Cummings, who played two seasons at Reinhardt University from 2005-2007 (Led the team in assists and steals). He has a Bachelor's degree in Business Management, with a concentration in Marketing. Mr. Cummings also played professional Show Basketball.
The following players have been added to the Conyers Rockets 2016 Basketball Roster: Ashlie Bellingslea, a 5'6 point guard out of Southern Polytechnic State University. In 2011-2012, she lead the SSAC in steals and steals per game, ranked 2nd in total points, 3rd in points per game. She was also SSAC All-Tournament Team, All Conference and WBCA All-American Honorable Mention.
Drameka Griggs, a 5'5 graduate from Clayton State University in 2014. She was a NCAA All-American, Peach Belt Conference 1st Team Selection and Player of the Week (4 times). Scored at least 20 points in 18 games, ranked 4th nationally in steals and 8th in scoring.
Erika Ford, a 5'9 graduate from UGA, who averaged 10.9 ppg, scored season high 27 points at Mississippi State in 2013-2014 season. In 2014-2015 season, scored 20 points against Ole Miss and averaged 15.6 points per game in the last eight regular season games.
Antqunita 'Nett' Reed, 5'8 guard from Blakely, Georgia. A great scoring point guard from the perimeter, with exceptional athletic ability. Reed averaged 12 points and 6 rebounds for Pittsburg State University. She also earned All American Honors and was named Southern Conference Play of the Year.
Also added to the roster is Tia Stovall, who played for Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders from 2002-2006 and also played with the Auburn Flyers in the WBCBL along with Santana Seay. Both were members of the Flyers' 2013 National Champion team.
And last but not least, Ariana Jackson, 6'0 post from West Palm Beach, Florida. Jackson played at East Carolina University and joined the Georgia State staff in August 2014 as a graduate assistant.
- Conyers Rockets Staff
Houston & Katy, Texas, — The RSF Sport LTD Companies have expanded their women’s basketball programs as the Houston Resurrection and Kay Lady Saints Basketball teams will play in the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League 2016 Season, starting in May 2016. The teams will combine and play in the Classico Rosado Tournament in Rosario Beach Mexico on March 18-20 2016.
“Our vision is to represent the Houston area with the best women’s basketball players that the represents the true tested and talented players in the area” RSF Sports CEO and Saints Basketball coach and GM of both teams Michael Lewis who states “ We will bring back women’s basketball the way it was defense and fast-paced” He added.
Both teams feature some great athletes for the Resurrection, They will feature veteran Guard tandem 5’6 Christina Rowe and 5’7 Nicole Duncan, 5’6 Forward Suzette Garrett and 6’1 Center /Forward Nikki Rochelle. The Resurrection will be coached by Leon Rowe.
The Katy Saints will feature 6’6 Center Kai Allen, 5’11 Forward Dominique Washington, 5’7 Guard Essence Darrett, 5’3 Guard Bethany Roden and 5’10 Forward Tiffany Johnson-Grice. Coach Michael Lewis will coach the Saints. Both Resurrection and Saints will play in the WBCBL Mid-South Region.
The Resurrection and Saints are still seeking players as they will hold private tryouts on Sunday, January 10th, 2016 and the city wide tryout on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at the St. Thomas University Jerabeck Center. For information on tryouts and businesses who would like to sponsor please contact (832) 576-9931 or (281) 624-5379.
The Flyers Pro Elite Women's Basketball Team is on its way to Elsberry, and not just for an exhibition game or a local fundraiser. In fact, the team is looking for a new home, and they are hoping that the Elsberry community is just the fit they have been looking for. Elsberry alumni Kari Koch-Dowell and Brittney Koch-Dowell approached the Elsberry R-II School Board during their Dec. 9 meeting and requested the use of the high school gym during the team's 2016 season.
The team, as well as the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League, the league that they play in, is geared toward athletes age 20 and above who no longer have NCAA eligibility.
'They have to be done with college basketball,' said Brittney during a telephone interview with The Elsberry Democrat. The league is comprised of 40 teams from across the United States who square off against one another during a season that generally lasts from May until August. Games are held on Saturday and sometimes Sunday evenings at 7 or 8 p.m.
There are a total of seven teams in the WBCBL Midwest Region that the Flyers will be competing in, including teams from Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin.
However, they will also be playing other teams from throughout the country that aren't in their region. 'We're sort of a feeder for international basketball and for players who are still looking to make it into the WNBA,' said Brittney.
Brittney is the owner and coach of the team, which at one point was headquartered in Alabama and known as the Auburn Flyers. She said they became known as simply the Flyers Pro Elite during the team's fourth year in Alabama due to the fact that people were confusing them with Auburn University. 'That kind of hurt us a little bit,' said Brittney. She added, however, that the team would now love to incorporate Elsberry into its name. 'We won't do it unless the community wants it to happen,' said Brittney.
She stressed to the board that the team wants to be here for the long-run and not just for the 2016 season. 'We want to bring the best athletes out to the Elsberry community and give back to the youth in the area,' said Brittney. As part of that giving back, Brittney said the team plans to do a lot of free clinics and camps, and to mentor young people in the community in whatever ways are available. Brittney plans to have the team's schedule completed by January and told the board she is anticipating that between eight and nine games will be played in Elsberry's high school gym, while the remainder will take place on the road.
She added that the team would pay to rent the gym and would also provide staff and security in accordance with the guidelines of the WBCBL. Admission to the games is expected to cost approximately $5. Brittney told the board that 30 percent of anything that comes in the door will go directly to the school, as will a portion of what is made on concessions.
As an added draw, she mentioned that Kari is actually a member of the Flyers and will be participating in the games. Brittney said this creates an opportunity for those in the community who watched Kari play in high school to come out and see the growth in her skill set. Kari said she plans to assume coaching responsibilities with the team as soon as they have won the national tournament again. 'I want to win one more title,' said Kari.
The Flyer's request was approved by the board and Brittney said they couldn't be more excited. She added that, in addition to the appeal of returning to Kari's home turf, the team had another reason for wanting to play in Elsberry. 'I've researched the area,' said Brittney. 'Elsberry loves the game of basketball. They are fanatics.'
- The Elsberry Democrat