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    导出博客文章Anastasia Hayes is a 5-foot-7 guard and the No. 17 prospect in the espnW
    HoopGurlz Super 60 for the 2017 class. Blessed with a quick first step, she
    averaged 19.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists as a junior at Riverdale
    (Murfreesboro, Tennessee). Dozens of schools have offered her scholarships and
    Hayes has narrowed her list to six.But one number looms larger in her recruiting
    process than the rest: Four.As in four Hayes sisters. As in four promising
    basketball prospects in one family who all could wind up at the same
    school.Anastasia is a senior at Riverdale. Her sister Aislynn is a sophomore at
    Riverdale; her sister Alasia is a freshman at Riverdale; and her sister Acacia
    is a 12-year-old. All four players are guards, and everyone connected to the
    family -- including Anastasia -- has predicted that Acacia will be the best of
    them all.Its very important to me to play with my sisters, Anastasia said. Were
    a close family. We have a great bond.Anastasia, who has narrowed her list to
    Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky, Texas A&M and Florida,
    very well might be choosing for them all.According to the girls parents, Sherry
    and Arnett, only one school -- South Carolina -- has yet to offer scholarships
    to Hayes three sisters. The other five universities are all in.So when Anastasia
    makes a visit to South Carolina this weekend, shell have an important question
    for coach Dawn Staley.So what are you waiting for?A born fighterHayes parents
    both played basketball in high school. In fact, they met on a basketball court
    in an apartment complex in Nashville, shortly after they had graduated high
    school.Basketball is such a family passion that Sherry said she played her
    favorite sport goofing around while she was pregnant with Anastasia, something
    she now feels she shouldnt have done.Anastasia was born via emergency cesarean
    section with Sherrys umbilical cord wrapped around her neck three
    times.Anastasia came into this world fighting, Sherry said. It really was
    dangerous. Her heart rate dropped, and I was in labor for three days.She fought,
    and she is here today, so blessed and talented.Hayes first showed her talents in
    softball, which she began playing at age 3. She pitched, played shortstop and
    hit leadoff. Even though she is right-handed, she would bat left. With her
    speed, her drag bunts were almost always hits.She didnt start playing basketball
    until sixth grade. She immediately fell in love with the sport -- and especially
    the nice shoes she got to wear -- even though she admits to being very bad at
    the start.It was a struggle at first, but she was hungry to learn the game, said
    Cliff Coleman, who coached her with Tennessee Team Pride.She could always outrun
    everybody. But, in the beginning, she would get a steal and couldnt score. She
    would bang the ball against the backboard.Taking flightWith her passion for the
    game, Hayes was a quick study. In about a year, she started playing for the
    Tennessee Flight AAU program, where she remains. She quit softball in eighth
    grade.Flight coach Tom Insell said Hayes is one of the top five high school
    players in the country.She has the quickest first step of any player Ive ever
    coached, and I have more than 20 players in the pros right now, he said. Shes a
    little undersized, but she makes up for it with quickness and leaping.Insell
    recalls a game from the Nike Nationals semifinal this summer when he watched
    Hayes score 27 points against a team led by Megan Walker, a 6-1 wing at
    Chesterfield (Monacan, Virginia) and the No. 1 prospect in the 2017
    class.Anastasia can score 25 points off her defense alone, Insell said. We dont
    even run many plays for her until late in the game.Shes all business on the
    court, which is whats going to make her great at the next level. I rarely get on
    her or even say a word to her, and thats unusual because Im one of the most
    vocal coaches in the country.That all-business approach has been good to Hayes,
    who started her varsity career as an eighth-grader, averaging 14 points for
    Goodpasture Christian (Madison, Tennessee).As a freshman, she averaged 18 points
    at Hendersonville (Tennessee). She moved to Riverdale as a sophomore, averaging
    19.4 points and 4.2 assists.Despite her bright future, Hayes has sometimes been
    lost in the shadow of former Blackman (Murfreesboro) star guard Crystal
    Dangerfield, a three-time Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year who is now a
    freshman at Connecticut. Blackman had beaten Riverdale seven straight times
    before Riverdale finally got revenge last year.It happened March 1 in the Class
    3A regional semifinals. Riverdale eliminated the two-time defending state
    champions 73-66. Dangerfield was held to 20 points while Hayes had the game of
    her life: 28 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds.[Dangerfield] came up to me
    after the game and hugged me, Hayes said. She told me to finish it. Hayes and
    the Warriors did just that, finishing the season on an eight-game win streak.
    The Warriors won their state quarterfinal game by 15 points, their semifinal by
    22 and the championship by 32.But despite all her success in basketball, Hayes
    has other talents, too. As a junior track star, she finished third at state in
    the 400 meters and fifth in the 200 meters.Thats with no personal coach and very
    little training, her father said. With training, some people say she could go to
    the Olympics.Hayes also taught herself to do back flips. Those close to Hayes
    say shes a good singer. She also has a 3.3 GPA and plans on becoming an
    orthodontist after shes done playing.I want to make people happy, Hayes said.
    After I took off my braces, I was smiling 24/7 because I felt my teeth were the
    prettiest things. I want to make people smile like that.Come October, when she
    decides on a college, there will be one coaching staff that will be smiling for
    sure. Maybe even for four.
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