The driving force behind great action is love, and the love of a game has brought professional women’s basketball back to Kansas City.
The Kansas City Majestics play in the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League. Their first game is Sunday, May 8 against the Flyer Elite in Elsberry, Mo. The first home game is May 15. Tip-off is 3:00 p.m. at Belton High School
“I’m super proud of our girls,” said head coach Sarah Campbell. “They’ve worked very, very hard over the last couple of months. So we are absolutely ready to play so I’m very excited about that.”
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In the 1990s, Kansas City was home to the Mustangs.
“Myself and Coach Braddy played for the Mustangs, so I’m hoping we kind of pick up where we left off and make it even better. We’re an up-tempo type of team so we hope to bring lot of excitement to the game.”
“It’s been a couple of years since I’ve played but I’m just excited to get back on there on the floor,” said guard Tanisha Smith, a Kansas City native and product of Lincoln Prep.
Smith started her collegiate career at the University of Arkansas. Due to a coaching change, she transferred to Fort Smith and played finished her college days at Texas A&M.
She was drafted by the Seattle Storm in and has played in Sweden.
“I took a couple of years off just to help my mom. She’s been through heart surgeries and just some medical things and just being her for her. So now I’m just ready to get back on the court hopefully get the opportunity to play at the next level again.”
Kansas City Majestics Lady Eagles Schedule
May 8 3:00pm Flyers Elite
May 15 3:00pm Missouri Arch Angels
May 21 7:00pm Nebraska Strikers
May 28 7:00pm Iowa Force
Jun 4 1:00pm St. Louis Surge
Jun 19 3:00pm Nebraska Strikers
Jun 25 7:00pm Missouri Arch Angels
Jul 9 7:00pm Flyers Elite
Jul 10 3:00pm Iowa Force
Jul 16 1:05pm St. Louis Surge
**Home games in bold and played at Belton High School.
Power forward Tyler Anderson played at Grambling State.
“I just love basketball,” she said. You don’t give up nothing that you love. So I just love playing basketball. I love being around the good people"
Final tryouts for the team happened in February, and Coach Campbell is happy with the team’s progress.
“On the back of our uniforms, it says family, and that’s for a reason--because it’s amazing the chemistry that this team has in such a short period of time. I couldn’t have picked a better team. I think we’re going to do great things." -- Coach Campbell
Belton High School is home court for The Majestics