Prestigious Nike tourney includes local HS teams

    It’s a rocky road again this year for Arizona high school girls
basketball teams competing in the huge Nike Tournament of Champions,
which began last
Friday and runs through Wednesday at various Chandler gyms.  The
tournament is one of the more prestigious national events, having
showcased 10 of the past 12 USA Today national champions.
    This year, 16 Arizona squads are competing in a field of 84 teams that include four of USA Today‘s top five nationally-ranked teams.  Just four survived dropping into the losers’ bracket after the first round Friday. 
   
Shadow Mountain HS defeated St. Anthony of California, 55-49; Horizon
HS beat St. Monica of California by 10, 42-32; and Chandler HS squeeked
by Lynwood HS of California, 74-73.  Mountain View HS enjoyed the
largest margin of victory with a 68-51 win over Mercer Island of
Washington.
  All four teams lost in the second round on Saturday. 
But it was a better day for some of those suffering first-round losses,
as Gilbert HS, Basha HS, Pinnacle HS, Boulder Creek HS, Red Moutain HS,
and Hamilton HS enjoyed wins.
    Sunday is a day off, with play
resuming Monday morning.  For the first time, there will be a couple of
match-ups of local teams as Shadow Mountain HS and Mountain View HS
square off in a 12:30 game at Basha HS, followed later in the day by a
game between Boulder Creek HS and Red Mountain HS at Willis Junior High
in Chandler, with tip-off at 3:30.