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    As many of you know, the Central Valley Bears, the State 4A girls champions from the Spokane Valley (27-0) have been invited to be one of the four (4) high school girls basketball teams from around the country to compete for the mythical high school national championship. The four teams come from Hamilton Heights (#10) from Tennessee, Winter Haven (#15) from Florida, Westlake (#23) from Georgia along with Central Valley (#11). Rankings are from the USA Today Super 25.

    The Geico National High School Girs Basketball Championships got started today with the semi-final games. Hamilton Heights defeated Winter Haven in the early game while Central Valley defeated Westlake in the second game.

    No. 11 Central Valley rolls past No. 23 Westlake and into GEICO finals
    By: Jim Halley, USA TODAY High School Sports | March 30, 2018

    MIDDLE VILLAGE, N.Y. — The girls basketball team from Central Valley (Spokane, Wash.) hasn’t faced much national competition, but after going 82-1 over the past three years, the Bears don’t get rattled easily.

    Stanford-bound forward Lexie Hull had 30 points and 13 rebounds to lead Central Valley (28-0) to a 70-57 defeat of No. 23 Westlake (Atlanta) in the second semifinal Friday at the GEICO High School Nationals.

    The Bears, who also had 14 points from Hailey Christopher, will face No. 10-ranked Hamilton Heights Christian (Chattanooga, Tenn.) in the championship on Saturday (10 a.m., ESPN2).

    “We got rattled a little bit today,” Central Valley coach Freddie Rehkow said. “But most of them have played in the (national) AAU tournament and they are used to this type of competition. Everything that was fired at us, we just tried to get it back.”

    The Bears’ flight was delayed in Denver and they got in late to New York on Thursday. That led to a short practice Thursday night in preparation for Friday’s game. They showed no ill effects, however, taking a 16-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.

    “We’ve just grown up knowing defense and having that in the back of your mind,” Hull said.

    “They’ll be playing defense on the bus back to the hotel,” Rehkow said. “We just got our state championship shirts and on their back it says, ‘Our defense wins championships.’ We’re tall but skinny, but if we’ve showed one thing, we’re going to play and not back down.”

    Westlake (30-2), its AAAAAAA state champion, was paced by combo guard Anastasia Warren with 25 points Texas Tech-bound wing Taylor Hosendove with 17.

    “Their transition offense was very good,” Westlake coach Hilda Hankerson said. “We didn’t slow them down early in the game. I believe we were a little star-struck in the beginning. The moment was huge and we weren’t playing in our game. Once we got into our defense, the energy was flowing.”

    Lexie Hull had 17 points in the first half, as the Bears led 37-20 at the break.
    Article Link: http://usatodayhss.com/2018/no-11-ce...o-geico-finals

    The Central Valley girls play for the national championship Saturday morning at 7:00 AM PST on ESPN2.

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    Here is the write-up from USA today on the other semi-final game played today. Central Valley plays Hamilton Heights tomorrow at & AM for the national championship.

    No. 10 Hamilton Heights girls take out No. 15 Winter Haven
    By: Jim Halley, USA TODAY High School Sports | March 30, 2018

    MIDDLE VILLAGE, N.Y. — Hamilton Heights Christian (Chattanooga, Tenn.) has a starting lineup that scares opponents. Beginning with 6-7 center Kamilla Cardoso, every Hawks starter is 6-foot or taller. The team also has a strong international flavor, with players from five different countries.

    Esmery Martinez, a 6-1 forward from the Dominican Republic, led the No. 10-ranked Hawks with 17 points and 18 rebounds in a 62-49 win defeat of No. 15 Winter Haven, Fla., Friday in a girls semifinal at the GEICO High School Nationals.

    The Blue Devils (25-2), their 8A state champion, made Hamilton Heights (32-2) work for it, cutting the lead to six points twice late in the game, but Hawks senior guard Jazmine Massengill, a Tennessee signee, steadied the team down the stretch, scoring seven of her 13 points in the final three minutes.

    “I expect a lot out of our seniors,” HHCA coach Keisha Hunt said. “I tell them, this is your season and don’t be afraid to be selfish. If Jazmine has a fault, she’s completely unselfish, but she has a good basketball I.Q.”

    Martinez, who played for the Dominican Republic’s junior national team, didn’t join HHCA until December and speaks little English.

    “She’s working on her English, but basketball is basketball,” Hunt said.

    Winter Haven coach Johnnie Lawson said his team took a while to get into its defense.

    “At first, we would score and not get into our defense right away,” Lawson said. “After a while, we understood and we finally got situated into our press.”

    Zakiyah Franklin led Winter Haven with 16 points while Melijah Sullivan had 15.

    “We were playing with house money, coming to a tournament like this,” Lawson said. “This is the first time I could say in 20 years, that just coming to this event, putting our town on the map, is a win-win. Don’t get me wrong, when I get home, I’m going to cry a little.”

    Franklin said the Blue Devils had to adjust to Hamilton Heights’ superior length.

    “I was hesitant at first going to the basket because of their length,” she said. “We just had to quit being hesitant.”
    Article Link: http://usatodayhss.com/2018/no-10-ha...5-winter-haven

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    I hope to be able to catch the game tomorrow.

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    game on NOW....

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    congratulations CV girls...

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    Watched a replay of yesterday's game and today's game live (as well as a couple of quarters of their GSL season games). What an impressive team. Great job CV Bears.
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    Congratulations to the CV Lady Bears bringing the National Championship hardware back to Spokane.

    CV's speed in the first half dominated play and lead to a 10 point halftime lead. Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (Chattanooga, Tn.) turned up the pressure in the 3rd quarter leading to at least 8 CV turnovers in the quarter. Hamilton's starting line-up does not have anybody under 6'0" including 6'7" center Kamilla Cardoso. To prevent the toss to the post and lay-up, CV had to double Cardoso, leaving a hole in their zone. Hamilton's point guard, Jasmine Massengill (heading to Tennessee) took over the game against the smaller CV guards. In the 3rd quarter Hamilton outscored CV 17-5 turning a 10 point halftime lead into a 2 point deficit.

    Starting the 4th quarter, CV's coach changed up the offense and the Lady Bears quit holding onto the ball, not allowing the double team to get set. Quick ball movement lead to open shots (where have we heard that before) which CV hit. As Hamilton turned up the full court press, when CV broke the press, it often lead to a Lexi Hull lay-up. Down the stretch, CV hit their free throws to keep Hamilton (who had gotten the lead down to 2) at bay.

    CV beats Hamilton Christian Acadamy 66-61.

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    Here is the USA Today's write-up on Today's Lady Bears victory.

    No. 11 Central Valley takes down No. 10 Hamilton Heights to win GEICO girls title
    By: Jim Halley, USA TODAY High School Sports | March 31, 2018

    MIDDLE VILLAGE, N.Y. — No. 11 Central Valley (Spokane) showed it could play with any team in the country Saturday, knocking off Hamilton Heights Christian (Chattanooga, Tenn.) 66-61 in the girls championship of the GEICO High School Nationals.

    Stanford-bound Central Valley (Spokane) forward Lexie Hull scored 26 points for the Bears, but got plenty of help in key moments from her teammates. Central Valley went 21 for 22 at the line.

    Central Valley (29-0) took charge quickly as the Bears did a good job of spreading the ball around. Camryn Skaife added 14 points, including four three-pointers.

    “When we wrapped up state, there was a lot of pressure taken off us,” Central Valley coach Freddie Rehkow said. “When we got the invite, I was worried what people would say if we didn’t perform well here, but the girls wanted to play. I think we had a chance to prove we are legit.”

    “It’s a perfect finish for sure,” said Lacie Hull, Lexie’s twin, who had nine points. It’s the perfect ending. I couldn’t pick it myself.”

    Hamilton Heights (26-3), which was the runner-up in last year’s tournament championship, was led by Tennessee signee Jazmine Massengill with 32 points, but the rest of the Hawks struggled offensively and the Hawks shot 36.7% as a team.

    “We’ve come a long way as a team,” HHCA coach Keisha Hunt said. “I’m proud of the girls. Jazmine is a wonderful player. She can put the team on her back and she did that, but we just came up short. When you have talented players, you have to fall short sometimes to keep improving.”

    “This year, we left it all on the floor,” Massengill said. “This year, I felt like it was supposed to be our year. The loss is just as painful but not as embarrassing.”

    Central Valley led 36-26 at the half. In the third quarter, however, the Hawks turned on the defense, and cut the lead to 39-36 midway through the quarter on a layup by Esmery Martinez off a slick pass by Massengill. HHCA then cut the lead to 41-39 on two free throws by Martinez with 1:33 to go in the quarter. Massengill tied it moments later on an inside shot and on her next trip down the floor put the Hawks up 43-41 just before the end of the third quarter.

    The Bears took the lead, back, however, early in the fourth quarter on a layup by Tomekia Whitman off a nice pass by Lexie Hull. From there, Central Valley went on a 9-2 run, punctuated by a three-pointer by Lacie Hull that put her team up 53-45 with four minutes to go.

    The Hawks gave the Bears a scare. After Massengill hit two free throws, she picked up a loose ball and converted on the inbounds to cut the lead to 63-61. But as she did all game, Lexie Hull converted a three-point play after being fouled on a layup to ice the game with nine seconds left.

    In the end, Central Valley’s chemistry made a big difference.

    “We have been playing AAU since the seventh grade,” Skaife said. “We have been playing together for a long time. We have great chemistry. We are best friends pretty much.”
    Article Link: http://usatodayhss.com/2018/no-11-ce...co-girls-title

    Interesting to note that this is the second loss in a row in the National Championship Game for Hamilton Heights Christian Acadamy.

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    Congrats to CV, that's fantastic! Game was on too dang early, I missed it.

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    One of my best friends is the long time scorekeeper for Central Valley basketball. He was included in the team trip to NYC as a member of the traveling entourage. He probably is not aware of it, but he was in numerous TV shots the past two days. Knowing him, if he had known he was on TV, he would have ducked!

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    Here is the write-up on today's championship game from the Spokesman Review:

    Central Valley girls finish historic run with win in GEICO Nationals championship game
    UPDATED: Sat., March 31, 2018, 1:28 p.m.

    By Dave Nichols
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    This season was about unfinished business for the Central Valley girls basketball team.

    Third straight undefeated regular season? Check.

    Breeze through regionals? Check.

    Second state title in three seasons – winning the championship game by 31 points? Check.

    The final test for a generational team in its historic season? How about a National Championship?

    Check.

    Following a rough third quarter which saw a 10-point halftime lead evaporate, Lexie Hull scored 13 of her 26 points in the fourth and Central Valley beat Hamilton Heights (TN) 66-61 to win the GEICO Nationals title game at Christ the King HS in New York on Saturday.

    This is the second straight season Hamilton Heights has lost in the title game.

    “This was a reward for all the time and hard work the girls have put in this season,” Central Valley coach Freddie Rehkow said via telephone from the airport Saturday afternoon as the Bears were about to board their flight back to Spokane.

    “It was a big win against a big team.”

    Hull, the two-time Gatorade girls state player of the year and 2017-18 Associated Press state POY, added 10 rebounds and was 11 off 11 from the line, including 6 of 6 in her final high school basketball quarter.

    The Bears (29-0) made 21 of 22 free throw attempts in a very physical game, with one player fouling out and five others accumulating four fouls apiece.

    Camryn Skaife added 14 points on 4-of-7 3-point shooting and Lacie Hull, the Seattle Times co-POY with her sister, contributed nine points with eight rebounds.

    The Hull twins, who are headed to Stanford, and fellow senior Hailey Christopher, an Idaho Vandal recruit, finished their four years of high school basketball with one loss in their final three seasons and a 102-6 record overall.

    The championship game was the Bears’ closest contest of the season, topping an 11-point win over Gonzaga recruit Melody Kempton and Idaho 5A state champ Post Falls in December.

    Central Valley had a rough trip just getting to New York for the tournament with scheduling and travel delays. Once at the hotel, they heard some comments in the lobby about the little team from the west coast.

    “It lit a fire under our girls to pull it together and bring it home,” Rehkow said. “Winning was validation against such strong national competition.”

    Central Valley led 36-26 at intermission, but Hamilton Heights didn’t go down easy.

    Staging a furious comeback with stifling defense, Hamilton Heights (25-3) tied it at 41 on a layup by Jazmine Massengill with 1:19 left in the third. A pair of free throws by Massengill a moment later gave the Lady Hawks their first lead since 3-2.

    Massengill, who will play at Tennessee next season, finished with 32 points and six assists.

    Central Valley turned it over 10 times in the third quarter and Hamilton Heights outscored the Bears 17-5 in the frame.

    Suffering perhaps their toughest quarter of the season, the undefeated Washington state champions responded.

    After the quarter break, Christopher (seven points) made a free throw, Tomekia Whitman hit a layup off a nice feed from Lexie Hull, then Hull popped a short jumper off an assist from Lacie Hull for a six-point run.

    Lacie Hull made a pair of free throws to put the Bears up 50-45 with 5:11 left. She then drilled a 3-pointer next trip down and CV made a 12-2 run at the start of the fourth.

    Hamilton Heights recovered from the spurt and CV started to scramble a little bit.

    Rehkow called time with 1:52, up 57-52.

    “I wanted to remind them to trust the process, do what we do, and finish strong,” Rehkow said.

    “I told them that we worked too hard to let it slip away.”

    On the inbound play back from the timeout, CV appeared trapped in the backcourt but after a loose-ball scramble Lexie Hull broke deep for a layup and a 59-53 lead with 1:20 left.

    HH’s Treasure Hunt buried a long 3 though to make it a two-point game with 69 seconds left.

    Lexie Hull went hard to the hoop and drew a foul on 6-foot-7 Camilla Cardozo – her fifth – and Hull drilled both free throws to make it 61-57 with 51 seconds to go. Lacie Hull grabbed the defensive rebound on the responding possession by HH.

    Lexie Hull went back to the line and made both to put the Bears up 63-57 with 27.7 to go.

    Hamilton Heights got a pair of free throws from Massengill, then a layup on a steal by Esmery Martinez, and CV led 63-61 with 15.3 seconds left with possession.

    But CV broke the press and Skaife found Lexie Hull underneath for an easy layup. Hull’s and-1 was icing on the cake and sealed a National Championship victory.
    Article Link: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/201...run-with-win-/

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    They are/were a pleasure to watch. As was pointed out somewhere on the forum CV has quite the girls program going. In addition to the varsity team winning their regular season games by an average of 38 points, their JV girls went undefeated winning by an average of 32 points and the Frosh girls, also undefeated, by an average of 52!
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    Here is a write-up on the Championship game from ESPNW.

    Stanford recruit Lexie Hull leads Central Valley to title at GEICO High School Basketball Nationals
    Mar 31, 2018
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    Washington state champion Central Valley (Spokane Valley) can add a national championship to its 2018 campaign. Stanford signee Lexie Hull had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead Central Valley to a 66-61 victory over Hamilton Heights Christian (Chattanooga, Tennessee) in the championship game of the GEICO High School Basketball Nationals Saturday at Christ the King High School in Middle Village, New York.

    Hamilton Heights Christian (25-3) was the No. 1 team in the espnW 25 Power Rankings. Central Valley (29-0) was ranked 20th. The final rankings for the 2017-18 season will be released Tuesday. Hamilton Heights cut the lead to two twice in the final 65 seconds. Treasure Hunt hit a 3-pointer with 1:05 to play to cut the lead to 59-57. Trailing by six with 22 seconds to go, Jazmine Massengill hit two free throws, stole the inbounds pass and made a layup to make it 63-61.

    But Hull, who went 11-of-11 from the free throw line, including 6-for-6 in the fourth quarter, helped Central Valley hold on with a three-point play.
    Article Link: http://www.espn.com/espnw/sports/art...ball-nationals

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    Congrats to the CV Bears. They dominated the GSL and the state of Washington this season and it was good to see what they could do on the national stage. The State of Washington limits, and has for years, a high school season to 20 games, unless you play a touring team from Australia. Because of that, strong teams from the state rarely get the chance to see how good they are against national powerhouses. I believe the WIAA is re-thinking that rule, and is possibly going to add extra games if it's a tournament. Gonzaga Prep was invited to what was then the Dick' Sporting Goods/ESPN Tournament in New York in 2015, after their undefeated season. Laura Stockton and Oti Gilden were on that team. The WIAA allowed them to attend, and they represented well, losing in the final seconds to Miami Country Day by a point.

    CV would have gotten an invitation last year if they hadn't been upset in the state tournament by Bellarmine Prep. It was, and still is, their only loss in the last three years. With the amazing season they had this year, I was expecting them to get the invite. I think it points out the quality of the teams from the GSL. Gonzaga Prep certainly didn't embarrass themselves, and with CV winning the tournament, it speaks well for the local brand of basketball.

    Hamilton Heights appears to be a basketball factory. They only have sixty students in grades 9-12, and less than half of those are girls. Their gym looks like a pole building behind a church. They get players from all over the world. This year's roster had girls from Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and two from Nigeria. They play an independent schedule all over the east coast, against other strong teams. CV defeated the 7A State Champions of Georgia in the first game, and then facing a team ranked number one in many polls, didn't shrink from the task. Central Valley is well coached, fundamentally sound, and didn't collapse when Huntington made a run in the third quarter. It's quite an accomplishment for a school to face national competition for the first time and come away with the trophy. They're not only remarkable athletes, but shine in the classroom as well, having been academic state champions in two of the last three yearsl. Congratulations to CV on their national championship.

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    Is Hamilton Heights the kind of HS that recruits just for bb?...similar accusations have gone against a team in Utah that recruits bb players from other countries...think its called Wasatch academy....if that's the case, I'm doubly happy they lost...

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    It's officially Hamilton Heights Christian Academy, so they're a private school. What's amazing to me is how small the school is to compete at that level.

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    Hamilton Heights does not have a single starting player under 6'0" in height.

    Given the size of Chattanooga, and the fact that this is the 2nd year in a row that Hamilton Heights has finished 2nd in the National Championship, you can be assured that it actively recruits basketball players.

    Having the best players in a given area all go to a single high school or recruiting from all over the country (or world) is very common. Lone Peak, and Findley in Utah, Bishop Gorman in Nevada, Montverde and IMG Academy in Florida and so on. Remember that Zach Collins went to Bishop Gorman in Nevada and next year's Gonzaga recruit, Filip Petrusev, a native of Serbia, played for National Champion Monteverde.

    To give you an idea on how different this is than around this area, I was watching a high school football game between the IMG Academy from Florida and one of the top high schools in Georgia. While you might have 2-3 players in the entire Greater Spokane League get D-1 Scholarships in any given year, at the time of the game I watched (early October) the IMG Academy had 11 or 12 players already had signed D-1 scholarships and had 3-5 more expected before the end of the year. The Opposition had 7 players already signed by D-1 schools. The IMG Academy had a bigger offensive line than the Atlanta Falcons.

    To not only compete but beat these types of schools by a standard, public high school basketball team (with admittedly an exceptional coaching staff and local AAU teams) is an exceptional accomplishment.

    Well done Lady Bears,

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    Don't forget Oak Hill (Virginia). I think they are the original all star team masquerading as an academic academy. I think they knocked out Garfield (Seattle) in the boys national invitational this year.

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    I'm always amazed at how many "country day" schools there are....

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    In the final ESPNW Top 25 High School Girls BB Power Rankings Central Valley moved up from 20th all the way to 2nd.

    Article Link: http://www.espn.com/college-sports/b...28&season=2017

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