Monday, December 28, 2009

Central, Nike Tournament of Champions Recap from Commercial Appeal

Memphis Central, the top-ranked girls team in The Commercial Appeal's Dandy Dozen, won two of its four games at the Nike Tournament of Champions that concluded last week in Phoenix.

The Warriors finished seventh in the Joe Smith Division. Central won its opening game over H.D. Woodson from Washington D.C., 69-40. The Warriors dropped their next two games -- 76-73 to St. Mary's-Calif. and 63-56 to Mt. Lebanon-Pa. But, they rebounded to win the final game, 58-52, over Riverside Baptist from Maryland.

Before the tournament began, Central was ranked No. 9 in ESPN's HoopGurlz Top 25. St. Mary's-Calif. was ranked No. 1 and Mt. Lebanon-Pa. was ranked No. 6.

Sophomore Danielle Ballard earned all-tournament honors.

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