Friday's semifinal highlights at Nike Tournament of Champions in Arizona


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Posted by Erik Boal on December 20, 2019 at 19:45:22:

Joe Smith Division
Sierra Canyon 58, Riverdale Baptist (Maryland) 52: Duke signee Vanessa DeJesus had 20 points and 4 steals for Sierra Canyon (10-1), which advanced to the top division tournament final at Nike TOC for the first time in program history. Rosemary Odebunmi added 11 points and 7 rebounds, with Texas commit Ashley Chevalier scoring 10 points for the Trailblazers. Lauren Banks led Riverdale Baptist (8-1) with 14 points, with Kaylah Thomas contributing 12 points and 6 rebounds for the Lady Crusaders, who cut a 15-point deficit in the 2nd quarter to 54-52 with 1:15 left, before Sierra Canyon closed it out to extend its winning streak to 9 in a row.

La Jolla Country Day 62, Archbishop Mitty 54: Oregon signee Te-Hina Paopao had 28 points, including 17 in the 2nd half, along with 6 rebounds and 6 steals for the Torreys (12-0). Freshman Breya Cunningham added 20 points and 12 rebounds, including 15 points and 10 rebounds in the 1st half for La Jolla Country Day, which won the Dan Wiley Division title in Arizona last year. Marley Langi led Mitty (6-1) with 13 points and Ashley Hiraki added 11 points for the Monarchs, who rallied from a 12-point deficit in the 2nd quarter to grab a 50-44 lead with 6:30 remaining. La Jolla Country Day closed the game on an 18-4 run to win its 8th consecutive game at Nike TOC since 2017.

John Anderson Division
Windward 63, Clovis North 60: Michelle Duchemin had 23 points and 17 rebounds, with freshman JuJu Watkins adding 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks for Windward (9-2), which returned to a Nike TOC tournament final after falling in the Joe Smith championship game last year. Savannah Tucker scored 27 points for Clovis North (10-2), which rallied from a 16-point deficit in the 3rd quarter to cut Windward's advantage to 1 point on 3 occasions in the final 4 minutes, but the Broncos were never able to grab the lead. Rowan Hein added 15 points and Laney Amundsen contributed 12 points for Clovis North.

Elizabeth Seton (Maryland) 55, Stockton St. Mary's 47: Ava Robinson scored 13 points, with Abby Cater and Randi Baldwin both adding 10 points for Elizabeth Seton (8-2). Freshman Brooklyn Perry led St. Mary's (7-2) with 18 points and Tai Sherman scored 10 points.

Mike Desper Division
Cathedral Catholic 58, Shadow Mountain (Arizona) 32: Isuneh Brady scored 21 points for the Dons (5-4), who led 36-11 at halftime. Taryn Johnson had 10 points and Itzel Navarro contributed 9 points for Cathedral Catholic. Senya Rabouin scored 19 points for Shadow Mountain (12-2).

Fremont (Nebraska) 59, Lynwood 56: Taylor McCabe scored 26 points for Fremont (8-0), which rallied from a 50-39 deficit with 6 minutes remaining to advance to the final. Sydney Golladay added 14 points and Sarah Shepard had 9 points for the Tigers. Rayah Marshall led Lynwood (7-3) with 17 points, with Briliyah Taylor adding 11 points.


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