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DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals Tournament History

The National High School Invitational (NHSI) launched in 2009 at Georgetown Prep in Bethesda, Md. The event was created by Paragon Marketing Group to provide a platform for top nationally ranked high school basketball teams to compete against one another in a season ending tournament.

The 2009 boys tournament was won by Findlay Prep (Nev.) with the girls tournament won by Seton Keough (Md.). The second annual tournament was held at Coppin State University’s Physical Education Complex in Baltimore with Findlay Prep retaining the boys title and the Peddie School (NJ) claiming the girls title. In 2011, Montrose Christian (Md.) won the boys title in double overtime while Dr. Phillips (Fla.) won the girls championship. Findlay Prep recaptured the NHSI boys title in 2012 with an overtime victory, and Riverdale Baptist (Md.) took the girls championship trophy. Last year Montverde (FL) won its first NHSI boys title, and Dr. Phillips won their second girls title.

The event moved to New York City in 2014, thanks to title sponsor DICK’S Sporting Goods and the host venue for the Championship games, Madison Square Garden. Montverde (FL) boys and Riverdale Baptist (MD) girls were crowned champions for the 2nd time. In 2016 the DICK’S Nationals returned to NYC for the third consecutive year, and eighth season overall. Two new champions were crowned, as Oak Hill (VA) won their first DICK’S Nationals title, as did Ribault (FL) for the girls.

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Tournament Appearance History: 2012-2014, 2016-2017

Key Players
The Lakers feature two of the nation’s most publicized players in seniors Jaren Jackson (No. 16 in the ESPN 100) and Bryan “Tugs” Bowen (No. 12 in the ESPN 100). “They are both future pros,” says La Lumiere coach Shane Heirman of his All Americans who both played in the McDonald’s Game this week in Chicago and were also selected for the Jordan Brand Game on April 14 in Brooklyn. Jackson, a 6-11 Michigan State recruit, is a long athletic post, who can stretch the defense with a solid mid-range and perimeter game. The 6-7 Bowen (21.0 ppg) is undecided on college but brings a versatile game, which includes accurate 3-point shooting. Sophomore PG Tyger Campbell (No. 25 in the ESPN 25) is the facilitator and a vocal floor general and is considered one of the top recruits in his class. At 6-11, Australian born Jacob Epperson (8.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg) is a Creighton commit and Isaiah Coleman-Landis rounds out the lineup. Michigan signee Jordan Poole (No. 57 in the ESPN 100) is the sixth man and shoots 52% on threes, while 6-9 junior Franklin Agunanne and sophomore Paxson Wojcik provide depth up front and in the backcourt.

Road to the DICK’S Nationals
Coach Shane Heirman says losing a heartbreaker at the buzzer in last year’s DICK’S Nationals championship game was a motivating factor this season. “This is a cohesive group that carried that loss into the offseason and are on a mission this year,” says the coach. In preparation for the DICK’S Nationals, the Lakers (25-1) suffered only one loss to Sierra Canyon (CA), 76-74, at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, MA. They also knocked off Findlay Prep (NV), 69-54, at the Cancer Research Classic in West Virginia. The Lakers, who started the season ranked No. 1, captured the prestigious Chick-fil-A Classic in Columbia, SC before Christmas. In the first two games of three, they topped nationally ranked teams Oldsmar Christian (FL) and Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (TN) before polishing off Keenan (SC), 77-58, in the final. In an early season matchup of Indiana’s top two squads, the Lakers defeated defending Indiana Class 4A champions New Albany, 85-63, and crushed another state champion (Texas Class 5A TAPPS) Westbury Christian, 91-44.



Tournament Appearance History: 2017

Key Players
The Ascenders landed on the national radar once Trevon Duval (No. 4 in the ESPN 100) transferred to the southwest Florida school. Duval, who played in the McDonald’s All-American Game this week, transferred from API (Dallas, TX) and previously attended St. Benedict’s (Newark, NJ). As the nation’s top playmaker, Duval (16.2 ppg, 7.7 apg), a Delaware native, attacks the rim with power moves and can change direction without hesitation. In a few weeks, he’ll sign with Seton Hall, Kansas, Duke, Baylor or Arizona. Emmitt Williams (No. 7 in the ESPN 60) has shown the ability to shoot accurately (66%) and has 12 double-doubles. Florida-bound 6-8 Isaiah Stokes (No. 59 in the ESPN 100)) is a solid post and favors the half-court game. Stokes was a serious two-sport athlete until two years ago when he gave up football and dropped 50 pounds. At 6-8, Silvio de Sousa (No. 20 in the ESPN 60) is one of the top players in the junior class and played last year with Montverde. Senior DeAndre Osuigwe (6.5 ppg) is an underrated contributor and solid guard, while 6-5 small forward Keyontae Johnson (11.0 ppg) is a Top-50 player at his position in the Class of 2018 and Russian point guard Arseniy Andreev is the team captain.

Road to the DICK’S Nationals
IMG Academy (26-1) might be new to DICK’S Nationals but they enter with an exceptional resume. Their 15-game win streak will be put to the test in the first round against-Greensboro Day (NC). The Ascenders played the nation’s most adventurous schedule, beating Pebblebrook (GA) and West Oaks Academy (FL) in November and Gray Collegiate (SC) and Bishop O’Connell (VA) in early December. IMG placed third at the City of Palms Classic, falling to Montverde, 70-55, in the semifinals, but rallied to stop The Patrick School (NJ), 70-65, in the consolation final. IMG swept two opponents to capture their second in-season tournament, the Mike Miller Classic in South Dakota, and recorded quality wins over Hamilton Heights Christian (TN), Westlake (GA), Greenforest Christian (GA), Wasatch Academy (UT) and for a second time The Patrick School (this time on the road in New Jersey).



Tournament Appearance History: 2010, 2012-2017
Three Time Champions: 2013-2015

Key Players
Once again, the Eagles are loaded with a mix of experience, height and big-time foreign talent. The Canadian pipeline continues to flow south with 6-7, 185-pound wing R.J. Barrett (No. 1 in the ESPN 25)), considered the top-rated player from the Class of 2019. Barrett brings uber athleticism, plays above the rim and possesses a lightning-quick first step that leaves defenders in his wake. He’ll have his pick of colleges and will likely be a “one and done.” Barrett, who is the youngest member of the World Select Team to play in the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit, isn’t the only elite player for the Eagles. At 6-7, guard/forward Rechon “Leaky” Black (No. 39 in the ESPN 60) has already verballed to North Carolina, close to his hometown (Concord, NC).Marcus Carr, a 6-1 Canadian, has signed with Pittsburgh. In the post, 6-11 Sandro Mamukelashvili, who was born in New York City but lived 14 years in the Republic of Georgia, is attracting attention from high majors after showing passing skills and mobility in his only season at Montverde. Power forward Sean Mobley (VCU signee) is versatile at 6-9, with the ability to shoot the 3 and post up. The rotation is deep with sophomores Andrew Nembhard (No. 15 in the ESPN 25),Jake Bretlow and Cameron Healy (Albany) fortifying the backcourt off the bench and 6-9, 210-pound forward Grant Shephard (from British Columbia).

Road to the DICK’S Nationals
Coach Kevin Boyle is not only one of the nation’s top sideline tacticians but relishes aggressive scheduling. The Eagles (22-4), opened the season by sweeping two games against Georgia schools in the Florida-Georgia Challenge, including a 77-45 blowout of Tift County (GA), the eventual Class 7A state champion. Boyle’s squad then captured their only in-season tournament win, the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, FL, topping nationally-ranked Memphis (TN) East in the final and beat IMG Academy (FL) in the semifinals. Additionally, the Eagles lost in the championship games of the Montverde Academy Invitational and St. James (MD) Invitational and took third at the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions in Springfield, MO. At the TOC, they lost to Memphis East (for the second time this season) in the semifinals but rebounded to beat Findlay Prep in the consolation. Montverde traveled north to New Jersey—Boyle’s former stomping grounds—stopping state champion (Group 4) Linden and Roselle Catholic.



Tournament Appearance History: 2009-2017
Three Time Champions: 2009, 2010, 2012

Key Players
The Pilots have plenty of options and a reliable go-to player in 6-8 P.J. Washington (No. 14 in the ESPN 100), who became the program’s 11th player to participate in the McDonald’s All-American Game. Washington, a Kentucky recruit, is an impactful, athletic forward who glides on the court, unleashing myriad mid-range and three-point jumpers and high-flying finishes at the rim. Lamine Diane is a 6-7 uncommitted small forward with skills. At 6-10, Lithuanian Tadas Kararinas is in his homeland’s national team pool and brings rebounding and scoring skills to the frontline. Point guard Justin Roberts is a master penetrator and disruptive on defense. The Indianapolis (IN) native will head to Chicago to play at DePaul. A trio of Texans, 6-7 junior forward Reggie Chaney (main interest from Baylor, Notre Dame and Texas A&M), 6-3 senior Chris Giles (undecided) and 6-3 sharpshooter Jack Schwietz have been huge additions after transferring in last summer. Tony Goodwin II, a 6-5 junior, is considered a lockdown defender and 6-11 sophomore Ador Athuai, is a raw, slender shot blocker from South Sudan.

Road to the DICK’S Nationals
The Pilots (30-3), who defeated state champions from Nevada, Hawaii and Louisiana, have history in the DICK’S Nationals (previously known as the NHSI), having won it in 2009, ’10 and ’12. After sweeping two games in Texas over the Thanksgiving weekend, the Pilots flew to the Hawaiian island of Oahu before Christmas. P.J. Washington earned MVP honors as the Pilots toppled Oak Hill Academy, 78-62, in the championship game of the Iolani Classic in Honolulu. In the semifinals, they overwhelmed eventual Hawaii Division I (large school) champion Kahuku, 87-43. In West Virginia, they split two games at the Cancer Research Classic, beating First Love Christian (PA), 99-78 but falling to La Lumiere (IN), 69-54, and suffered two losses in the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions to ranked Montverde (FL) and Sierra Canyon School (CA). On January 21, Findlay won a local rivalry game over Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), 78-72, in overtime. The Pilots went 1-2 against teams in the DICK’S Nationals field, opening the season with 18 straight victories.



Tournament Appearance History: 2009-2011, 2013-2017
Champions: 2016

Key Players
The Warriors have their share of high-end talent this season, and the defending DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals champions are seasoned to defend that title. The main assets this season continue to be 6-10, 230-pound PF Billy Preston (No. 20 in the ESPN 100), 6-2 Lindell Wigginton (No. 42 in the ESPN 100), 6-2 Devontae Shuler (Mississippi), 6-4 Ty-Shon Alexander (No. 63 in the ESPN 100) 6-10 junior David McCormack (No. 35 in the ESPN 60) and 6-2 shooter Matt Coleman (No. 27 in the ESPN 100). There is plenty of younger talent in the junior class with 6-11 Kenny Nwuba (ACC, Big Ten and SEC offers), 6-6 wing Eddy Kayouloud (from France), and 6-7 sophomore Josh Hemmings. Preston is the most ballyhooed recruit of the lot and played earlier this week at the McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago. Preston and Coleman return to New York on April 14 when they participate in the Jordan Brand Classic at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. Wigginton was named to the 12-man World Select squad that will play an American squad at the 20th Nike Hoops Summit on April 7 in Portland, OR.

Road to the DICK’S Nationals
The Warriors (38-4) traversed the country again making stops at the Iolani Classic in Honolulu prior to Christmas; the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass. (over the MLK Weekend); the Marshall Country Hoop Fest in Kentucky, the Prime Time Shootout in New Jersey and the Nike Extravaganza (in Santa Ana, Calif.) all in February. After dropping a televised showcase game to nationally-ranked Sierra Canyon (CA) on December 15, the Warriors placed second at the Iolani Classic, losing to Findlay Prep, 78-62, in the final. At the Hoophall, the Warriors dropped a tough 80-77 decision to top-ranked Nathan Hale (WA), but rallied to beat ranked Chino Hills (CA), 96-91, halting a 60-game win streak on February 4 at the Nike Extravaganza. Additional quality wins were recorded against Scotlandville (LA), Foothills Christian (CA), Gill St. Bernard (NJ) and Rock Creek Christian (MD).



Tournament Appearance History: 2017

Key Players
The Matadors feature players that play pressure, physical defense, which creates offensive chances. They recorded an eye-popping 37 steals during a January game against Thunderbird (Phoenix). It starts with the three-guard rotation of Marcus Shaver, sophomore Jaelen House and sophomore Jovan Blacksher. Shaver (22.4 ppg, 2.7 spg) signed with UC-Santa Barbara and understands both backcourt positions. He has quick hands on defense and leads the up-tempo offense that averages nearly 85 points per game. House (22.3 ppg, 5.8 apg, 5.8 spg) is an all-everything guard with a super handle, court vision and is rising up the Class of 2019 depth charts (his father Eddie was a star at Arizona State and played in the NBA). Darius Spottsville (7.8 ppg, 3.1 spg) is a three-year starter at guard. Up front, much improved 6-7 lefty Tyler Jafary (7.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg) and 6-3 Jordan Pace (6.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg) provide inside muscle for put-backs and rebounding strength to trigger the fast break.

Road to the DICK’S Nationals
The 4A Conference state champions were homebodies this season, playing and winning all 27 games in Arizona. Head coach Mike Bibby’s team opened the season winning four games to annex the McClintock Holiday Tournament title, defeating Hamilton (Chandler), 69-59, in the final. The Matadors were dominant in the postseason, with an 83-43 second-round win over Dysart, and an 87-47 semifinal win over Moon Valley. In the championship game, the Matadors routed Salpointe Catholic (Tucson), 81-48. Senior Marcus Shaver scored 29 points, draining 6 of 10 3-pointers. They went 2-0 against out of state competition, stopping West Linn (OR), 82-74, and Coronado (NV), 94-65. In two seasons, Bibby is 54-5 with two straight state titles and was an assistant when the Matadors won another in 2013-14.



Tournament Appearance History: 2015, 2017

Key Players
J.P. Moorman, a 6-7 wing who is capable of playing three positions, is headed to Temple. The versatile Moorman (14.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg) is an exceptional passer and is quicker with more spring in his step after dropping 25 pounds. If ever a defensive stopper is needed, the Bengals have 6-3 junior Will Dillard, who in 10 of 12 games against players rated in the Top-50 of their class, held them below their season scoring average. He has ACC and CUSA schools lined up. John Newman (11.8 ppg), a 6-5 junior, is a productive scorer and is being offered by Big East, AAC, ACC and Colonial programs. North Carolina Central-commit Jordan Perkins (7.6 ppg, 4.8 apg) runs the point and 6-6 wing Solomon Smith (Division II Queens University) is the team MVP, having taken the most charges and prides himself on defense and rebounding prowess. Senior Pearce Landry, 6-8 sophomore Mike Fowler, and 6-5 junior Alex Michael add quality depth.

Road to the DICK’S Nationals
The Bengals (33-3) are back in the Big Apple for their second appearance. En route to the NCISAA Piedmont title, they captured their ninth North Carolina Independent Schools championship after defeating archrival Wesleyan Christian, 63-60, in the 3A final. Solomon Smith’s 3-pointer with 6.5 seconds left clinched it. The Bengals won the HAECO Invitational after Christmas and went 2-1 at the Chick-fil-A Classic in South Carolina. Their three losses were to Neumann-Goretti (PA), Hamilton Heights Christian (TN) and Charlotte Christian (NC).



Tournament Appearance History: 2016, 2017

Key Players
Since arriving on the national scene three years ago, the Tigers have opened a Canadian Pipeline, with five current players on the roster. This year’s crop features junior Emmanuel Akot (No. 21 in the ESPN 60), who has already committed to Arizona. Akot, a 6-7 wing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, is a muscular, long scorer who finds ways to keep his hands active at both ends. In transition, he finishes and finds the open man. 6-8 power forward Josip Vrankic (17.4 ppg) is a clutch shooter who signed with Santa Clara. Junior Damion Squire (10.0 ppg) is the prototypical point guard and 6-7 junior Matija Ilic is a physical post. Jeff Baradziej (7.1 ppg, 42 made 3s) and junior Zion Young (6.2 ppg) share time at small forward. Freshman Mady Sissoko (Mali) and 6-7 sophomore Bernardo da Silva (Brazil) add international flavor to the frontline. Da Silva will play in the Jordan Brand Classic International Game in April.

Road to the DICK’S Nationals
Last year’s maiden voyage to DICK’s Nationals saw the Tigers lose in the first round to eventual champion Oak Hill, 81-64. They are back for a second straight time and coach Curtis Condie has a two-year mark of 62-8. During that short stretch, Wasatch (23-4) has emerged at Utah’s top boys’ program and a destination for college recruiters. They will open DICK’S Nationals with La Lumiere (IN), a team they beat last year in the regular season. The Tigers, who do not compete for a Utah state championship, went 0-2 against the DICK’S field this season, falling to IMG Academy, 61-51, at the Hoophall Classic and Findlay Prep, 76-65. They also lost to ranked Chino Hills (CA), 106-80, in the Rolling Hills Prep State Preview. In the opening week, the Tigers went 4-1 in California, returning two weeks later to win the San Fernando Valley Invitational.


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Tournament Appearance History: 2015, 2017
Champions: 2015

Key Players
Leading the way is point guard Channise Lewis (No. 77 in the ESPNW 100), who orchestrates the offense and stretches the defense, having made 64 3-pointers (46%). The Illinois signee is an elite guard that possesses a high basketball IQ and solid defensive skills. Kelsey Marshall (No. 81 in the ESPNW 100), has signed with Miami and is a bouncy, transition-oriented competitor at both ends of the floor. At 6-foot, Dashaun Jackson (6.2 rpg) is a post player headed to Division II St. Leo’s. Sophomore Maria Alvarez (11.2 ppg, 2.5 spg), has delivered 88 3-pointers and is the main threat on the perimeter with a quick release. The junior duo of 6-2 center Aaysia Berry (8.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and 5-10 Asha Taylor (7.2 ppg) round out the regular rotation. Sydney Shaw, a seventh-grader, averaged 3.2 points and shot 54.2% and is blue-chip future prospect.

Road to the DICK’S Nationals
The Lady Spartans (29-1) return to New York for the second time in three years, having captured the 2015 championship at Madison Square Garden. Coach Ochiel Swaby’s team played in the FHSAA Championship for the fifth-straight year and won it for the fourth straight time, beating Providence (Jacksonville), 81-40, in the Class 4A final. The Lady Spartans won their first 14 games, including key victories against defending-DICK’S Nationals champion Ribault (Jacksonville),Dillard (Fort Lauderdale), and nationally-ranked Elizabeth Seton (MD), Long Beach Poly (CA) and Grandview (CO), but lost to Clovis West (CA), 67-45, at the Nike TOC. They bounced back after Christmas to take the Naples (FL) Holiday Shootout against a highly competitive field. In the end, they beat five Florida state champions and two runners-up.



Tournament Appearance History: 2017

Key Players
Seniors Amber Hunt and Cy Cy Hickey-White are the leaders for the Lady Hawks but junior Jazmine Massengill (No. 26 in the ESPNW 60) is the highest-profile player in the program history. Hunt (10.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg), who is headed to Alabama State, plays on the perimeter with a shoot-first mentality that has produced more than 1,000 career points. Hickey-White adds 3.7 points a game in the backcourt. However, all eyes are cast upon Massengill, a 6-0 combo-guard, who verballed to Tennessee. Massengill stuffs the stat sheet regularly with 10.0 points, 7.1 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game and is dominant at both ends. Elizabeth Balogun (No. 15 in the ESPNW 60) is an explosive wing from Nigeria with multiple high-major offers, who will blow past her defenders off the bounce. A younger core of players, featuring 5-8 sophomore Rokia Doumbia (from Mali) and freshmen Treasure Hunt (13.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg) and 6-6 Camilla Cardosa (9.3 ppg, 6.7 ppg) from Brazil are future stars.

Road to the DICK’S Nationals
It was a magical late season run that pushed coach Keisha Hunt’s club into the DICK’S Nationals for the first time. That run began by capturing the prestigious National Association of Christian Athletes Division I tournament in Jackson, TN. A week later, the Lady Hawks were crowned champions of the USA National Prep Tournament after stopping National Christian (MD), 61-50, on March 4 in South Carolina. The lone loss was a 46-42 decision to Forest Trail Academy (NC) but since then the Lady Hawks have won 14 straight.



Tournament Appearance History: 2009, 2017

Key Players
Leadership in the backcourt is the hallmark for the Panthers. Mia Davis, a 6-0 forward/guard and Temple signee, is the go-to player and a co-captain. She’s a versatile wing who can make a mid-range shot and use her exceptional quickness to create dribble-drive penetration and start the fast break in transition. She’s also a stronger rebounder. In the junior class, Nia Clouden (No. 44 in the ESPNW 60) is an elite, athletic point guard with multiple, Big Ten, Big East and American Athletic Conference offers. Clouden, Maryland’s Gatorade player of the year, is an ace defender who thrives in up-tempo, pressure situations. She shows an excellent perimeter game and facilitates the offense with keen passing and decision-making skills. At 6-2, Angel Reese is one of the nation’s top freshman who has shown a propensity to deliver beyond the arc and crash the boards with authority. Coaches love her wingspan, agility on defense and physical play when attacking the rim. Freshman Delicia Pinnick, a combo-guard, is earning a reputation as a bull’s-eye shot from 3-point range.

Road to the DICK’S Nationals
The Panthers (30-0) achieved perfection in the regular season while winning two major tournaments—the Bishop Walsh Girls Invitational Tournament and the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A state championship (two straight and 10th in the 18 years of the IAAM). During IAAM A league play, the Panthers overcame rivals McDonogh, Roland Park Country Day and Seton Keough (which won the first NHSI girls’ title in 2009). In December, coach Jerome Shelton’s squad topped Sanford School (DE) and North Carolina 4A champion Northwest Guilford (Greensboro) and then swept three games to win a bracket in the Title IX Classic in Washington, D.C. The true measure of a team is to win back-to-back games against top-notch competition and in February the Panthers did that by defeating Riverdale Baptist (MD), 48-38, and National Christian (MD), 75-74, in overtime. In Cumberland, MD, St. Frances beat McDonogh, 61-46, in the Bishop Walsh Invitational final.



Tournament Appearance History: 2016, 2017

Key Players
For Seton Catholic, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Coach Karen Self: “This team finds its success from being blue collar workers on the floor. We are a family and the togetherness shows in how we play. Our strength has been our defense and our unselfish play, which is reflected in our scoring balance.” The team synergy begins with senior captains 6-3 LeeAnne Wirth and 6-2 Jenn Wirth (both signed with Gonzaga) and Liz Holter (Incarnate Word). LeeAnne (9.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg) is a stretch-4 defensive specialist. Jenn (13.6 ppg, 8.8 rpg) is more of a face-up scorer, who can produce points in transition and in the post. Holter (7.4 ppg, 4.3 apg) is a combo-guard that distributes and kick-starts the offense. Junior guard Sarah Barcello (18.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.7 spg) is the leading scorer who is smooth handling the ball. She’s a triple-threat and fundamentally sound, while hitting 36 three-balls and 87% on free throws. Meanwhile, The 3Ks—senior Courtney Knecht (3.6 ppg), junior Kendall Krick (8.5 ppg, 29 3’s) and sophomore McKenna Klecker (5.8 ppg)are reliable scorers, as is sophomore Kendyl Thompson (4.0 ppg).

Road to the DICK’S Nationals
A year ago, the Lady Sentinels were riding a 20-game win streak entering the DICK’S Nationals, but were promptly halted by eventual champion Ribault (FL), 49-41, in the semifinals. Once again the Arizonans are streaking (nine wins) following an AIA 4A crown. The season was a smashing success as the Lady Sentinels (30-3) won a third state championship in four seasons, sixth this decade (ninth overall) and were nearly unstoppable in-state going 28-1 but avenged that one loss when it hammered Cactus Shadows (Cave Creek), 61-27, in the 4A final. Sarah Barcello did not play and LeeAnne Wirth (back ailment) saw limited action in a 54-41 January loss. Coach Karen Self’s team went 2-2 at the Nike TOC before Christmas, beating Long Beach Poly (CA) and St. Francis (GA) and dropping games to ranked and eventual large-class state champions Centennial (NV) and Grandview (CO).


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