The Peach State Basket-ball ELITE 32 Summer Jam marked the end of the summer and the end of an era for three county basketball players.
When the Georgia Sting 2015 won Tuesday morning, going 2-1 in the competition, it was the final AAU contest for Jennifer McMahan, Mallory Myers and Morgan Taylor, teammates in the Sting organization since sixth grade.
They aren’t done competing together just yet, however, as the three high school seniors will finish their final year defending the 2013-2014 Region 2-AAAAA title they won at Greenbrier High School. After that, the trio will likely part ways and head to separate colleges.
So while it wasn’t the last time they’ll be on the court simultaneously, the final AAU contest was an emotional one for Taylor.
“AAU for us is a big part of being basketball players,” said Taylor, adding it was fun being on the court with her best friends. “We play so we can go to college and get looked at. So we’ve been playing forever. It’s almost the same as playing the last high school game.”
For point guard Myers, the chemistry the three had made playing that much easier.
“There’s a lot of good talent out there in AAU, so having Jen and Morgan be there with me, I know that everything is going to be right, I know where they’re going to be,” Myers said.
McMahan, who expects to sign with a school during the November early signing period, will miss the cameraderie she has with the other two.
“It’s been really nice (playing) with Mallory and Morgan, some of my best friends,” McMahan said. “To play with them throughout, it’s going to be weird not playing with them in college. I don’t think it’s set in to me yet that I’m not going to be playing with them later on.”
Sting 2015 head coach Gary McMahan enjoyed coaching not only his daughter, Taylor and Myers, but the whole team, many of who play on other area high school teams.
“It’s a good group of girls,” Gary McMahan said. “It’s nice to get to see them play during the high school season.”