After running a successful boys’ basketball program the past few years, South Georgia Kings co-founder Leonard Hall felt it was time to give the talented girls in the community their fair share of glory.
His 15U South Georgia Queens team has made its mark in its first two AAU tournaments, finishing in first place at the Kings of the Coast tournament April 8-10 in Hinesville and taking first at the AAU Super Regional on April 22-24 in Jacksonville.
“It was good competition overall, and once the girls slowed down a little bit and listened, we started executing,” Hall said. “We played disciplined defense and ran the floor on the offense, and it was hard for teams to keep up.”
Hall said the Kings recognized that there were several talented girls coming up the ranks from sixth grade on up.
“And we thought what better opportunity than to help these girls excel on the basketball court and be given the same opportunities as the boys,” he said. “This is why we started the program along with the help of Chris Stacy.”
Hall said roughly four different Queens teams were formed back in March.
“We are not going to single anyone out because they are growing together as a team,” he said. “All of them have skills and can play and each one brings something different to the court.
“Collectively, they play well together. It’s good to see these young ladies come into the gym. They practice hard, listen and now they are going out and excelling on the basketball court, and it’s adding to their confidence. I really appreciate that they are being recognized.”
The South Georgia Queens will travel to North Carolina for their next tournament, which is scheduled for May 20-22.