While most 9-year-old girls are either on Team Jacob or Team Edward, Plainview's Jordyn Cross prefers to be playing basketball, on any team where she gets the chance to be on the hardwood.

While most 9-year-old girls are either on Team Jacob or Team Edward, Plainview's Jordyn Cross prefers to be playing basketball, on any team where she gets the chance to be on the hardwood. This weekend, Cross and her parents Annie and Jeremy Cross, will be venturing to Branson, Mo. as she will be playing for Domino's of New Orleans, the state champions of Louisiana, in the National AAU 9U Championships. Cross, who will be entering the fifth grade at Plainview High School in the fall, raised almost $1,000 in donations from the community surrounding the school in order to go to the event. "The support Jordyn has received from the Plainview community has been amazing," Jeremy Cross said. "We are really blessed to live in a community that is so supportive of their athletes and future athletes." Jordyn Cross was born to an athletic family. Her mother was a two-time all-stater at Plainview High School in basketball, while her dad was an honorable mention all-state basketball player at neighboring Oak Hill. Even her godfather has a basketball pedigree as Dustin Howard is a former high school standout and current head coach for the Class C state champion Plainview Lady Hornets. Cross has been tearing up the youth leagues in the area throughout her young career. When she was eight years old, she scored 31 first-half points en route to 39 points in a Little Dribblers game. She joined the Domino's AAU team recently and helped lead them to a state championship. The 5-2 guard nicknamed Jordoo scored 18 of her team's 32 points in the finals, allowing them qualify for the national championships. "Jordyn is a special athlete," Howard said. "I have never seen a girl as young as she is wanting to learn the finer skill points of the game as bad as she does. It's very refreshing and exciting to see her and other kids her age in our community with such an excitement for the game. With Jordyn and best friend Lauren Rasmussen, along with several other, I cannot wait to coach that group of kids." Jordyn Cross, who has a three-year-old sister already interested in basketball, served as a ball girl for the Lady Hornets during their championship run.