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Girl Banned from Basketball Tournament

Updated: Wednesday, April 9 2014, 05:23 AM CDT

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NEW MEXICO -- A fourth grade girl has been banned from playing in her statewide basketball tournament because she is a girl, playing on an all boys  team.

10-year-old Jaelyn Bates has the speed, the skill and the drive. There has never been any problem with her on the boy's club team until now. Last week, the organizers of the tournament said her team wouldn't be allowed to play later this month if she suits up.

Tournament rules say only boys are allowed to play on boy teams.  Jaelyn says she stopped playing on girl's teams because it wasn't much of a challenge for her.

An attorney is helping the family fight to let her play at the tournament. That attorney says he will file an injunction sometime this week.

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