Houston News : Houston girl who met Kobe Bryant and daughter before their death honors them in basketball game

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10:53 am CST, Friday, January 31, 2020

As the Waller Junior High 8th grade A team took the court against the Bear Branch middle school team, cheerleaders centercourt held up a banner reading “This is 4 Kobe and Gigi”, which Aniah broke through.

As the Waller Junior High 8th grade A team took the court against the Bear Branch middle school team, cheerleaders centercourt held up a banner reading “This is 4 Kobe and Gigi”, which Aniah broke through.

Photo: Mykayla Alewine

As the Waller Junior High 8th grade A team took the court against the Bear Branch middle school team, cheerleaders centercourt held up a banner reading “This is 4 Kobe and Gigi”, which Aniah broke through.

As the Waller Junior High 8th grade A team took the court against the Bear Branch middle school team, cheerleaders centercourt held up a banner reading “This is 4 Kobe and Gigi”, which Aniah broke through.

Photo: Mykayla Alewine

Houston girl who met Kobe Bryant and daughter before their death honors them in basketball game

One week ago, 13-year-old Aniah Alewine was on her way to to California for the dream opportunity to play in Kobe Bryant’s Mamba Cup girls basketball tournament.

In the span of a weekend she went from sheer joy over meeting her idol and playing against his daughter Gigi (an up-and-coming star in her own right) to heartbreaking grief upon hearing of their death.

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After taking a few days to cope with the loss, Aniah was back on the basketball court Thursday night, honoring the memories of Kobe and Gigi at the same time.

As the Waller Junior High 8th grade A team took the court against Bear Branch middle school, cheerleaders at center-court held up a banner reading “This is 4 Kobe and Gigi”, which Aniah broke through.

“The tribute was done for Kobe and Gigi, and to allow Aniah to take the floor for the first time since returning from California,” said her mother, Mykayla Alewine. “The stands were packed as friends and family came out to fill the stands to show support for Aniah and the girls.”

Aniah stepped up big scoring 38 of her teams 48 points in a 48-31 win. When asked how she felt after the game, Aniah just replied, “It felt good to just play basketball again!”

Her team is now 10-0.

Danny Hermosillo is the Digital News Editor for Chron.com | Read him on our breaking news site, Chron.com, and our subscriber site, HoustonChronicle.com | Follow him on Twitter at @Dannyherm1| Email him at [email protected]





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