Sophomore Marley Saunders Joins Virgin Islands National Basketball Team
Marley Saunders, Class of 2023, has been invited to join the U.S. Virgin Islands U17 Women’s National Basketball Team after her stellar freshman season as Gerstell's first Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland (IAAM) All-Conference basketball player. Marley led the Falcons in points as they hosted their first home playoff game in the post season. Representing the Virgin Islands, where her mother, grandmother and extended family were born, is a multi-generational story for the Saunders family. Her older sister, who played basketball at Shenandoah University, was also on the national team; as well, her grandfather as a young man, had competed.
“It’s a surreal moment," said Marley. "I was speechless. I couldn’t believe it was happening. I get to experience a similar experience to my sister.”
According to Fédération Internationale de Basketball Amateur, the team's first event will be the U17 Centrobasket qualifying tournament on April 28-May 2, 2021 in Managua, Nicaragua. The championship round is scheduled for July.