Maori’s mom says lawsuit vs. AHSAA served purpose

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2014, file photo, Oneonta's Abby Blackwood, left, shoots over Charles Henderson's Maori Davenport in a girls' Class 4A state basketball semifinal, in Birmingham, Ala. Alabama high school officials are defending the season-long suspension of a top girls basketball player over money she received from USA Basketball. Charles Henderson High School senior and Rutgers signee Maori Davenport was ruled ineligible this season on Nov. 30 after receiving an $857.20 check from USA Basketball for "lost wages". She represented the organization in a tournament in Mexico City over the summer.(AP Photo/Hal Yeager, File)
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(AL.com) — Tara Davenport -- the mother of suspended-and-then-reinstated Charles Henderson basketball star Maori Davenport -- said her lawsuit against the AHSAA achieved its intended goal.

Pike County Circuit Court Judge Henry “Sonny” Reagan granted a motion to dismiss the case Wednesday, just a few hours after Ramsay ended Charles Henderson’s season in a regional championship game.

“Our goal for the lawsuit was for my daughter, Maori, to play her senior season,” Tara Davenport wrote in a text message to AL.com. “She played and now the season (is) over after the loss on [Wednesday]. Now, I will do everything I can do to make sure this never happens to another student-athlete at the request of Maori.”

Tara Davenport also said she hopes her lawsuit against the AHSAA will ignite change and promote fairness in the governing body's interactions with teenage athletes.

AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese declined to talk about the case, but said the AHSAA Central Board will evaluate its options at a board meeting next month.

The AHSAA is currently in its proposal process for rules changes, and it's likely there are proposals to alter the AHSAA amateurism rule.

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