Registration continues for NYO girls’ basketball, with new player registration opening up on May 8, 2017. This is an article in the continuing series of stories about girls who played at NYO, and have gone on to success with their high school teams.
After starting her career at The Galloway School, Maya Longacre played 4 seasons in the girls basketball program at NYO, and her basketball career will continue at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN; it has been a great and exciting journey for her. In between, she found many friends and created many fans, and gave Westminster girls basketball 4 great years of play, and much success on the court.
Maya ended her career at Westminster this past spring, during which she scored over 1,000 points and grabbed almost 1,000 rebounds. She was a 4 year varsity player at Westminster, and she excelled as a scorer, defender, rebounder and play maker. She also played on the Westminster volleyball team that won the AAA state championship her senior year.
Maya started her career in the NYO girls’ basketball league in the fall of 2010, player for the Scots in the majors. She spent her other years in the WNBA league, first playing for the Mystics and then for the Liberty. That Liberty team won the league championship and included several of Maya’s school friends, which made the championship even more exciting for her.
Maya believes that the NYO girls program was a very important part of her development as a player. It allowed her to improve her skills and competitiveness, while still being a fun experience. She said her favorite memory was winning the league championship in her last year, with her dad as her coach. Many of Maya’s friends these days played basketball with and against her at NYO. She believes NYO really is a community and that she was blessed to be a part of it.
Maya continues to maintain friendships with her old teammates and opponents; it is not uncommon to see Maya chatting it up with NYO alums, in high school or AAU games. She also started coaching with her dad at NYO and has had the opportunity to coach middle-school girls who will ultimately play varsity basketball. Maya believes it is a blessing to see these girls grow, develop, and have great opportunities in the future, in whatever craft they choose, and she was happy to be a role model and give back to the basketball community, where she enjoyed much success and happiness.