Maori Davenport’s basketball suspension temporarily lifted

Maori Davenport makes season debut for Charles Henderson

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Charles Henderson High School basketball standout Maori Davenport took the court with her teammates for the first time this season Friday night.

In November, the Alabama High School Athletic Association ruled Davenport was ineligible to play basketball this season.

The suspension came after Davenport accepted an $857.20 check from USA Basketball. The money was said to be issued as an oversight and was later repaid in full, but the AHSAA ruled that Davenport still violated its amateur rule.

“The confusion was why were they blaming her. You know, why her? She didn’t do anything wrong," said Tara Davenport, Maori’s mother

Maori’s story gained national attention and on Friday, a judge granted an emergency motion that will allow Davenport to play basketball this season, pending a hearing from a judge.

“This whole process has been crazy, but I just wanted this process to impact the world in some kind of positive way and I got what I wanted," said Maori.

“All I was worried about was getting her on the court right now, so she’s out there on the court and she’s going to be out there until we go to court," Tara Davenport said.

Maori’s parents have since filed a lawsuit against against the AHSAA and its director.

Davenport scored 25 points during Friday night’s game against Carroll High School. Charles Henderson won, defeating Carroll 72-17.

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