Saturday's championship game highlights from Nike Tournament of Champions in Arizona

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Posted by Erik Boal on December 21, 2019 at 19:52:01:

Joe Smith Division
La Jolla Country Day 44, Sierra Canyon 43: Jazzy Anousinh made the winning layup with 6 seconds remaining to help La Jolla Country Day (13-0) prevail in an early showdown of the top 2 teams in California and capture the title in the top division for the first time in program history. Oregon signee Te-Hina Paopao, the tournament's most outstanding player, had 13 points and 5 rebounds, with freshman Breya Cunningham adding 19 points and 10 rebounds, her 8th double-double of the season. The Torreys have now won 4 titles in Arizona, including 2009, 2011 and 2018. Texas commit Ashley Chevalier had 13 points and 4 steals, with fellow all-tournament selection Vanessa DeJesus, a Duke signee, adding 11 points and 5 rebounds for Sierra Canyon (10-2), which took a 43-42 lead with 18 seconds left on a layup by Alexis Mark.

3rd place
Riverdale Baptist (Maryland) 58, Archbishop Mitty 51: Olivia Williams had 17 points and 5 rebounds for the Monarchs (6-2), who surrendered the first 11 points to Riverdale Baptist (9-1) and never recovered. All-tournament selection Ashley Hiraki added 9 points and 3 steals for Archbishop Mitty. All-tournament honoree Elizabeth Martino, a Rutgers signee, scored 11 points and Kaylah Thomas contributed 10 points for the Lady Crusaders.

John Anderson Division
Elizabeth Seton (Maryland) 43, Windward 40: Despite 15 points and 13 rebounds from all-tournament selection Michelle Duchemin, Windward (9-3) lost in a division final for the second year in a row after falling to Miami Country Day 52-51 in the Joe Smith Division title game last season. Freshman JuJu Watkins, also an all-tournament pick, added 9 points and 12 rebounds for Windward. Tyler Gray, the division's most outstanding player, led Elizabeth Seton (9-2) with 9 points and 4 steals and all-tournament pick Regina Walton scored 11 points. Gray and Walton both made free throws in the final 25 seconds to secure the title for the Roadrunners.

3rd Place
Clovis North 55, Stockton St. Mary's 54: Laney Amundsen made the winning layup with 1 second left to help the Broncos (11-2) close the game on a 9-0 run in the final 4:45 to rally for the victory. Long Beach State signee Savannah Tucker, an all-tournament honoree, had 31 points, including 6 in the last 1:45, to spark the Clovis North comeback. Tucker finished the 4-game tournament schedule with 115 points and Amundsen added 11 points Saturday for the Broncos. Amaya Oliver, an all-tournament selection, had 14 points and 12 rebounds, with Tai Sherman contributing 11 points and 4 steals for St. Mary's (7-3).

Mike Desper Division
Cathedral Catholic 60, Fremont (Nebraska) 53: Isuneh "Ice" Brady, the division's most outstanding player, had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead 3 players in double figures for the Dons (6-4). Taryn Johnson added 13 points and 10 rebounds, with Itzel "Izzy" Navarro contributing 12 points and 5 assists for Cathedral Catholic. Taylor McCabe scored 23 points, including 17 in the 1st half, for Fremont (8-1).

Dan Wiley Division
El Cajon Christian 68, St. Paul 24: Simone James, the division's most outstanding player, scored 24 points for El Cajon Christian (6-2), which limited St. Paul (14-2) to 1 field goal in the 2nd half. Allie Carreon added 17 points for the Patriots, who outscored the Swordsmen by a 32-5 margin in the final 16 minutes. Victoria Carle led St. Paul, which had won 13 in a row, with 7 points.

Derrill Kipp Division
Marlborough 29, Huntington Beach 25: Parker Montgomery, the division's most outstanding player, scored 8 points for Marlborough (7-1), which broke a 20-20 tie entering the 4th quarter to capture the title. Erin Yoshitake added 9 points and Catherine Or had 7 points for the Mustangs. Alyssa Real led the Oilers (7-4) with 14 points.

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