Friday, November 17, 2017


Stanford signee on 50-person list for top high school player, November 17, 2017

Stanford signee Jenna Brown is on the Atlanta Tipoff Club's 50-person, preseason watch list for the 2018 Naismith Trophy High School Girls' Player of the Year Award.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Signing day means different things for area athletes-Hulls

Central Valley basketball players Lexie and Lacie Hull signed their national letters of intent on Wednesday.

Dave Nichols,, November 8, 2017

The early national letter of intent (NLI) signing period for many college sports was on Wednesday. Across the country, high school student-athletes declared their intent to attend the college or university of their choice.
For some, it’s an easy choice, one they might have made months ago with an oral commitment. For others, it came down to the wire – perhaps waiting for acceptance at the school before making an announcement.
The Spokane area was well represented on signing day, including a prospective Olympic swimmer, a state cross-country winner heading to the SEC, a pair of twin basketball stars joining a perennial national powerhouse, an All-America sprinter staying close, and a volleyball player choosing a smaller school where she “fell in love.”
Lexie and Lacie Hull (Central Valley), basketball, Stanford
While not actually joined at the hip, the Hull twins are for all practical purposes. Including their choice of colleges.
“We knew we wanted to play together at the next level and when we got offered – both of us – it was more of a dream come true that we could continue together,” said Lexie at a ceremony celebrating eight Central Valley signees.
The pair have known for quite some time that Stanford was the pick, but now that they’ve signed they can relax and enjoy their senior year. “Yup, it’s official,” Lacie said. “Couldn’t be more happy.”
The recruiting process, which landed the twins at a perennial national contender, was exhausting according to Jason Hull, the twins’ father. “It was a long time coming, and we’re excited for it to come to an end,” Hull said. “But Stanford was definitely the right pick for the family and both the girls.”
Dad thinks the twins going to the same program was a no-brainer. “Pushing them through school and basketball since about the sixth grade, they’ve been the best for each other, both on and off the court.”

Wednesday, November 08, 2017


Stanford's recruiting class ranked eighth nationally, November 8, 2017

Stanford's Setsuko Ishiyama Director of Women's Basketball Tara VanDerveer announced the signings of three of the country's top players to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. Jenna Brown (Marietta, Ga./The Lovett School), Lacie Hull(Spokane, Wash./Central Valley) and Lexie Hull (Spokane, Wash./Central Valley) will join the Cardinal ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

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Friday, June 02, 2017

Madison Sports Hall of Fame to honor year's best: Estella

Edgewood's Estella Moschkau shoots over Wrightstown's player during the second half of the Division 3 semifinals of the WIAA girls' state basketball championships Thursday, March 9, 2017 in Green Bay, Wis. Edgewood won 60-38., June 1, 2017

The Madison Sports Hall of Fame Club is set to honor the area's top athletes and coaches on June 7 at the club's annual banquet.

Moschkau, the Gatorade player of the year and the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association's co-Miss Basketball, will be named the Neckerman Insurance Madison Sportswoman of the Year.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Alyssa is One of 12 Canadian Athletes Heading to Europe for Five Game Exhibition Series

Canada Basketball, May 23, 2017
Alyssa Jerome is one of the twelve athletes that were selected from the first phase of the Women's National Team assessment camp to travel to Europe for a five-day tournament in France and Spain.
"This first phase of training is focused on developing our next generation of athletes and assessing where we are globally," said Lisa Thomaidis, head coach, women's national team. "We'll play some of the best teams in the world in this tournament - which will help us set benchmarks - and determine what we need to build upon in phase two."
The five-game tournament tips-off on May 26th against 2nd-ranked Spain. Canada, currently 6th in FIBA World Rankings, will then face-off against 13th-ranked Japan, 27th-ranked Montenegro, 3rd-ranked France and 41st-ranked Ukraine.
Follow Canada Basketball on Twitter for game streaming details and live game coverage.
Canada will re-group in Edmonton in June for the second phase of training, followed by a 6-game exhibition tournament in China.  The final phase of training will begin July 23rd in Edmonton where the final roster for the FIBA Women's AmeriCup 2017 will be confirmed.
CLUB / SCHOOL ('16-'17)
Alyssa Jerome
Toronto, ON
Harbord Collegiate (HS)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


              Incoming freshman Alyssa Jerome the second youngest invitee, May 16, 2017

Incoming freshman Alyssa Jerome was one of 33 athletes invited to participate in the Canadian Women's National Team program assessment camp.
The 17-year old Jerome is the second youngest player in camp, which began May 12 at the Saville Community Sports Centre in Edmonton and includes 10 players with WNBA ties and another 10 currently playing collegiately in the United States.
The 10-day event was organized as Canada prepares for a new Olympic qualifying cycle. Following training, a squad will be named to travel to Spain and France for a five-game exhibition tour. Canada, currently ranked No. 6 in the world, will play No. 2 Spain and No. 13 Japan in Spain on May 26 and 27 before heading on to Bordeaux, France for games against No. 27 Montenegro, No. 3 France and No. 41 Ukraine from May 31 to June 2.
The 6-foot-1 Jerome recently concluded an age-group assessment camp with Canada Basketball, which included players born since 1998 with an eye on loading the U16 and U19 national teams for FIBA tournaments this summer.
Jerome, Stanford's third international recruit in the past three years, represented her country last summer at the both the FIBA U17 World Championships in Zaragoza, Spain and the FIBA Americas U18 Championships in Valdivia, Chile.
Canada finished seventh at the U17 World Championships, which ran from late June to early July, and Jerome averaged 10.3 points and 4.5 rebounds in six games. 
Less than two weeks later she was in Chile playing alongside current Cardinal Mikaela Brewer at U18 FIBA Americas and helped Canada win silver to secure a spot in the 2017 U19 FIBA World Championships. Jerome averaged 15.8 points on 48.5 percent shooting, 9.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. She finished third in the tournament in points, seventh in field goal percentage, third in rebounds and second in double-doubles (3).
In the summer of 2015, Jerome was MVP of the FIBA Americas U16 Championships in Puebla, Mexico after averaging a near tournament double-double of 13.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. She went for 17 and 12 in the final against Brazil, a 72-71 overtime win.
Jerome is part of the Cardinal's celebrated 2017 recruiting class which also includes Maya Dodson (Alpharetta, Ga./St. Francis), Estella Moschkau  (Mount Horeb, Wisc./Edgewood) and Kiana Williams (San Antonio, Texas/Karen Wagner) and is ranked fifth by espnW HoopGurlz.
Stanford is coming off a 32-6 season that included the program's 13th Final Four appearance and 12th Pac-12 Tournament championship.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Estella: WI Athletic HOF, May 3, 2017
Athletes across all sports were eligible for 's 2016-17 Girls HS Athlete of the Year.
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Maya: 2016-17 ALL-USA Georgia Girls Basketball Team

                            The best player in the state of Georgia is coming to Stanford.

usa today, April 27, 2017

USA TODAY High School Sports is proud to announce the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Georgia Girls Basketball Team. Players were selected based on their athletic achievements from the 2016-17 season. 


Player of the Year
Maya Dodson, F, St. Francis (Alpharetta), 6-3, Sr.
A McDonald’s All-American and a member of the U17 National Team, Dodson also earned a spot on the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Third Team. The Stanford signee averaged 14.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game for the Knights (26-5).

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Wagner’s Williams earns MVP honors at Jordan Brand Classic

Wagner’s Kiana Williams earned West MVP honors during Friday’s Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn, New York.

David Hinojosa,, April 14, 2017

Wagner senior Kiana Williams scored 20 points, including 14 in the second half, to earn MVP honors in leading the West past the East 122-81 in the Jordan Brand Classic on Friday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Williams, who is signed with Stanford, earned West MVP honors after making 8 of 13 shots from the field. Galena Park North Shore’s Chastity Patterson, who is signed with Texas, was named East MVP after scoring 17 points.

It was Williams’ second national all-star game. Last month, Williams had nine points, three rebounds and three assists in 17 minutes at the McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago.

Williams’ former Wagner teammate Amber Ramirez, who is now at TCU, played in both games last year.


Williams, Dodson wrap up national all-star appearances at JBC, April 15, 2017

Kiana Williams poured in 20 points for the West and was named her team's MVP while Maya Dodson tallied six points, five rebounds and a pair of blocks for the East at the Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn on Friday night. Williams and the West beat Dodson and the East 122-81.
Williams scored 14 of her game-high 20 in the second half. In 19 minutes, the point guard made eight of her 13 shots from the field, including three of her four attempts from behind the arc. Dodson was 3-of-4 from the floor and highlighted her night with an emphatic second-quarter block of USC-bound Ayanna Clark that brought the crowd to its feet.
It was the second national all-star game for the duo. Last month, Williams and Dodson were in Chicago for the McDonald's All American Game. Williams tallied nine points, three rebounds and three assists in that one while Dodson had two rebounds and two blocks in nine minutes.
Dodson (Alpharetta, Ga./St. Francis) and Williams (San Antonio, Texas/Karen Wagner) make up half of the Cardinal's celebrated 2017 recruiting class which, along with Alyssa Jerome (Toronto, Ontario, Canada/Harbord Collegiate) and Estella Moschkau  (Mount Horeb, Wisc./Edgewood), is ranked fifth by espnW HoopGurlz.
Dodson, a 6-foot-3 wing, is a five-star talent and the No. 11 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100. Kiana Williams, a 5-foot-7, five-star point guard from San Antonio, Texas, is the No. 8 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 and Stanford's first top-10 recruit since Chiney Ogwumike signed as the top player in the country in Nov. 2009.
Stanford is coming off a 32-6 season that included the program's 13th Final Four appearance and 12th Pac-12 Tournament championship.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Maya: ALL-USA Girls Basketball: Third Team

Jim Halley,, April 5, 2017

USA TODAY High School Sports is unveiling the 2016-17 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Girls Basketball Teams as selected by Jim Halley with input from high school coaches and recruiting experts.

Maya Dodson

School: St. Francis (Alpharetta, Ga.)
Pos: Forward
Height: 6-3
Stanford signee averaged 14.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

St. Francis teammates only girls from same school to play in All American game

Joe Parker,, April 5, 2017

St. Francis seniors Maya Dodson and her high school teammate played in the McDonald’s All-American Game last Wednesday at Chicago’s United Center. They were the only players selected for the game from the same school and they say it was an incredible opportunity.
Dodson said she will forever cherish the experience and said playing against the top talent in the country is what made the event so fun.
The teammates will play once more together at the Jordan Brand Classic on April 14 at New York’s Barclays Center, but both were appreciative of the opportunity to play on the national stage at the All-American Game.
Dodson said, “I never would have thought sophomore year when I came to St Francis we would be playing in the All-American Game. It was great to be able to play one more game with her.”
Both players said their favorite experience of the trip was visiting the Ronald McDonald House.
“The kids were awesome,” Dodson said.
Both played on the East team. Dodson had two rebounds and two blocks in nine minutes.
The teammates won two state championships together playing for St. Francis, their sophomore and junior seasons. 
Dodson, a Stanford commit, played for Team USA’s U17 National Team last summer, was named to the 2015 All-State team and was named to the Class 6-A All-Region team from 2014-16.
Both players were named to the All-State team for the 2016-17 season.
Dodson scored 1,087 points in her three years with St. Francis, shooting 49 percent from the floor. She also accounted for 607 rebounds, 129 assists, 181 steals and 222 blocks.

2017 McDonald's All Americans, April 4, 2017

Maya Dodson and Kiana Williams represented Stanford at the 16th annual McDonald’s All American Game on March 29 in Chicago. (Photos by McDonald's All American Games and Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire)

Photos from the McDonalds All American Game

Monday, April 03, 2017

Estella: 2016-17 Wisconsin State Journal All-Area girls basketball team, April 3, 2017

Estella Moschkau, Madison Edgewood

Year: Senior
Height: 6-foot-2.
Position: Forward.

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Notable: Moschkau is a Stanford University commit. … Moschkau was the Gatorade girls player of the year for Wisconsin. She shared the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Miss Basketball Award with Kenosha St. Joseph’s Sidney Cooks. … Moschkau was a unanimous selection on The Associated Press all-state first team. … Moschkau earned first-team honors on the WBCA Division 3 all-state team. … She was a unanimous selection as first-team all-conference in the Badger South Conference. … She led the Crusaders to a share of the Badger South crown with Stoughton and Monroe. … She led Edgewood to the WIAA Division 3 state title, the first WIAA title for the program, and was named to the all-tournament team. … She also averaged 3.3 assists per game. … “I really haven’t seen a player this season with Estella’s size and skill set,” Edgewood coach Lora Staveness said. “She has proven she can hit a variety of 3s, she is very good at hitting the mid-range shot off the dribble or catch, she can attack the basket and finish at the rim, as well as she has proven to be effective inside in the post as she has a variety of moves.”

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Madison Edgewood's Estella Moschkau named All-Area Player of the Year

Jon Masson,, April 2, 2017

Estella Moschkau traveled distinctly a different route to arrive at this point.

Moschkau, a 6-2 senior at Madison Edgewood, progressed from a ball-handling Tri-County youth player in Mount Horeb … to AAU whiz … to an all-around high-school standout who’s adept maneuvering for inside baskets, connecting from deep or snaring a rebound and racing, with her long strides, up the court – an eye always on an assist.

She a talent for the game and a hope that her best is yet to come. Diligent worker who were focal points in their teams’ successful season. Unselfishly their teams played was most important to them.
Moschkau led the Crusaders to a share of the Badger South Conference title with Monroe and Stoughton, then to the big prize: the WIAA Division 3 state girls basketball championship at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon. Edgewood’s year-long goal was realized with a 21-point victory over Greendale Martin Luther in the title game.
Will go from high school to outstanding academic institution on opposite coast, Moschkau at the Pac-12’s Stanford University in California.
With all this in mind, it’s clear to see why Moschkau was selected as the Wisconsin State Journal/WisconsinPrepZone.comAll-Area Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
Drive, discipline and defense fuel Moschkau. 

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In her 24 seasons, Edgewood coach Lora Staveness hasn’t seen a player with the skill set possessed by Moschkau, the Gatorade girls player of the year, co-Miss Basketball winner and a first-team all-state choice.
“She is one of the special ones,” Staveness said, adding: “Her ball-handling is really good for 6-2. It will have to go up for Stanford and the Pac-12, but she really has the ability to see the floor. You go to the next level and you will have better talent surrounding you. Stanford does a good job putting people in positions to be successful. … Her work ethic will really help her out.”
Moschkau religiously got up for 5:30 a.m. sessions to work on her basketball fundamentals, fitness and strength.
“I’m a very disciplined person,” said Moschkau, whose father and grandparents also went to Edgewood. “Hard work is all mental. If you put your mind to it, good things will happen.”
Moschkau and her teammates had a single-minded drive to win the state title after watching their opportunity disappear a year ago, and all the off-season work and extra hours each individual put in paid off.
“It is an amazing feeling, just knowing we took home the gold ball for the school, the community and coach Lora Staveness,” Moschkau said. “She deserves it more than anyone. I’m still kind of in shock that we won. It is a settling feeling. We are very content with it.”
Moschkau is humbled by the recognition she has received.
“I’m so grateful people would consider me for these honors,” she said. “I wouldn’t be here without coach Staveness, my teammates, my family and everyone who has helped me along the way. It’s a lot about others who have helped me.”
Moschkau’s journey will take her in June to Stanford. Moschkau, who plans to study business or philosophy, is eager to become part of Stanford’s basketball legacy.
“Their player development is so good,” she said. “Just being at Stanford, everyone has so much to offer. It’s such an uplifting experience. Being surrounded by excellence is something I’m glad to be around.”

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Thanks to brother’s influence, Wagner’s Williams set to play in elite all-star event

David Hinojosa,, March 28, 2017

Emotions swirled when Chancy Campbell saw his little sister’s name listed among the 24 players selected for the McDonald’s All-American Game.

As someone who played a big part in Kiana Williams’ development into one of the country’s top girls basketball players, he couldn’t help it.

“When her name came across the screen, I cried,” Campbell said when the team was announced on ESPNU on Jan. 15. “My wife laughed at me, asking what you are doing? I was just so happy because I know all the hard work she put in. Her calling me and asking to go to the gym at 5 in the morning. The commitment she put into the game paid off.”

Williams, Wagner’s point guard for the last four years, had indeed attained one of her goals.

“Every basketball kid’s dream is to be a McDonald’s All-American,” Williams said. “A lot of greats have played in that game. To have your name considered with that group is an honor.”

Williams, 17, is the fifth girl from the San Antonio area selected to play in the prestigious national showcase. Her former high school teammate, TCU’s Amber Ramirez, played in the game last year.

Williams, who has signed with Stanford, will suit up for the West at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the United Center in Chicago.

It’s the culmination of a process that began when Williams was in third grade and learned how to dribble in the driveway. It continued when Campbell, 30, returned to San Antonio after playing football at Abilene Christian University.

That’s when he and Michael Williams — Kiana’s father and a man who has taken care of Campbell since he was 9 months old — took the reins in molding Williams.

“It’s a real special bond that we have,” said Campbell, who is the offensive coordinator at Sam Houston High School. “She’s been with me ever since I got back from college. I think basketball has enhanced that, always making sure she was in the gym getting better.”

Kiana Williams has always taken her older half-brother’s guidance to heart. As Campbell likes to point out, she is not the family’s first All-American. Campbell, one of the most prolific rushers in Judson’s history, was selected to play in the 2004 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

“Knowing I have an older sibling to look up to, I want to follow in his footsteps and hopefully become a coach,” Kiana said. “He set the bar high, and hopefully, I can meet the expectations he instilled in me. I’m thankful to have him in my life.”

Once Michael Williams realized his daughter wanted to pursue basketball, he made sure she learned the basics first. After Kiana learned to dribble, they would go to the park, where she learned to pass. She didn’t begin shooting until she mastered those two skills.

“He told me I couldn’t shoot until I learned to catch the ball first,” Kiana said. “He instilled mental toughness in me. I look at those days and laugh at them. Great memories.”

Michael Williams also took the baby-steps approach when he served as Campbell’s youth football coach.

“I coached Chancy when he was young,” Michael Williams said. “Basically, he was taught right. I wanted them to learn the basics and fundamentals and the right way to play sports.”

Kiana took to basketball right away.

“You could tell at a young age, she was going to be real good,” Campbell said. “You could see it from day to day, week to week and month to month, how her growth was getting in basketball.”

She began playing organized basketball in a CYO league in third grade. In fourth and fifth grade, Kiana played for a club team Campbell and Michael Williams formed.

She didn’t realize her full potential until the summer after sixth grade when she began playing AAU basketball for former Jay and UT standout player Clarissa Davis’ TeamXpress. It was the first time Kiana played travel basketball, and the notion she could play college basketball was planted. She thrived on a team that had several players five years older than she was.

“It made a great impression on her,” Michael Williams said. “We didn’t know which way it was going to go with Clarissa. It was exciting. She performed well.”

The following year, Kiana joined SA Finest, where she remained until her final AAU season last summer.

Since then, she had transformed into one of the nation’s top players and built an impressive resume.

Williams played four varsity seasons at Wagner. She was a three-time selection for the Express-News’ Super Team and earned Co-Player of the Year honors this season.

Ranked as ESPN’s No. 8 recruit for the 2017 class, Williams signed with Stanford in November. She was also selected as a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association first-team All-American and a Naismith Trophy second-team All-American. She was play in the Jordan Brand Classic too, another national all-star game, on April 14 in Brooklyn, New York.

Campbell knows he helped get her to this point. However, he said it was his sister’s desire to get there that made the difference.

“She’s mature beyond her years,” Campbell said. “She can handle every situation. You can see the growth from year to year. Kiana wasn’t a McDonald’s All-American in eighth grade, ninth grade. It’s been a process. It was her understanding that she had to get better every year and showing that growth every year.”

As much work as she put into it, she said was it was never too much.

“When you do something you love, it can’t be overwhelming,” Williams said. “I love the game of basketball. I want to be around it all my life.”

Williams and Campbell realize their ride together is coming to an end. They think about that each time they workout together.

“He’s just fun to be around,” Kiana said. “I’m going to miss him.”

Campbell said: “I call her my sidekick. Whenever you see me, she’s there. It’s crazy that in a couple of months, she’s not going to be there. It’s like I’m losing my best friend, but I’m not losing her. She’s going on to bigger and better things. … She is growing up, and she has to go out and conquer this world on her own.”

Wagner’s Williams shakes off nerves at McDonald’s All-American Game

Kiana defends during the McDonald's All American game.

David Hinojosa,, March 29, 2017

Nerves built up for Wagner senior Kiana Williams as she took the court at Chicago’s United Center on Wednesday to play in the biggest game of her life.
It was understandable considering she was one of 12 players suited up for the West in the 16th edition of the McDonald’s All-American Girls Game, which was televised on ESPN2. But, shortly after the tip, it was all about basketball and Williams found her comfort zone.
“My hands were sweaty and I was tight, not loose like I usually am before a big game,” Williams said. “Once we went up and down the court a few times, it was fine.”
Williams recorded nine points, three rebounds and three assists in 17 minutes for the West, which lost to the East 80-74 in overtime.
Williams made 3 of 10 shots from the field and was 3 of 3 from the free-throw line.
The West led by as many as 13 points in the first half before the East fought back to send the game to overtime. 
The game offered Williams a chance to spend time with future Stanford teammate Maya Dodson, a 6-foot-3 forward from Saint Francis in Alpharetta, Georgia. Dodson, who played for the East, was entered in Monday’s slam dunk contest.
“We talked it up the whole time,” Williams said of Dodson.
Williams will attend Stanford’s national semifinal game against South Carolina on Friday in Dallas, and she said was she was going to text Dodson updates from there.
Williams is the fifth girl from the San Antonio area to play in the prestigious game. Others include her former Wagner teammate Amber Ramirez (2016), Clemens’ Kyra Lambert( 2015), FEAST’s Recee’ Caldwell (2014) and Steele’s Meighan Simmons (2010).
Next up for Williams is the Jordan Brand Classic, another national all-star game, scheduled for April 14 at Barclays Center in New York. She was one of 12 players selected to play for the East. Ramirez played in the game last year.

2017 McDonald's All-American games, March 29, 2017

Maya and Kiana at the 2017 McDonald's All-American high school basketball games on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at United Center in Chicago.

Big East's Maya Dodson, center, drives between Big West's players, during the second half of the McDonald's All-American girls basketball game Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Chicago.

Big West's teammate and Kiana Williams, right, (23) battle the Big East's player for the ball during the first half of the McDonald's All-American girls high school basketball game Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Chicago.

Maya Attempts Dunk at McDonalds All American Slam Contest, March 29, 2017

 Maya Dodson, a 6-foot-3 forward at St. Francis from Alpharetta, gets some encouragement as she prepares to participate in the 2017 McDonald's All American games POWERADE Jam Fest on March 27, 2017, in Chicago. Dodson, who is committed to play at Stanford, performed two dunks to qualify for the contest.
 Maya Dodson, from Alpharetta, gets the support of her McDonald’s All-American teammates as the lone girl participating in the slam dunk competition against the boys. Dodson, a senior at St. Francis, has previously dunked in a high school game.
Maya Dodson gets air as he attempts to dunk during the 2017 McDonald's All American games POWERADE Jam Fest on March 27, 2017, in Chicago. She made four attempts to slam the rim.
Alpharetta’s Maya Dodson’s slam dunk attempt falls just short. She failed to nail a dunk and exited in the first round of the 2017 McDonald's All American games POWERADE Jam Fest.