California Dominates Day 1

While the final day of James Renwick's interview with Robert Swift will arrive this afternoon we turn the spotlight on the ladies, where the best and brightest in girls hoops have made the trek to Phoenix, AZ for the Nike Tournament of Champions. Two things have become quite clear after Day 1, this is the best collection of high school girls basketball talent we're likely to see all year, and the best of the best are from California.

Schools from around the country have descended on Phoenix, Arizona area this week to compete in the Nike Tournament of Champions, but it became clear where the hub of girls basketball was pretty quickly. California reigns supreme through Day 1.

In the National Division all four California teams won.

The 7-4 record Cali teams posted in the Black Division doesn't seem as dominant until you realize three of the four California losses came against other California teams.

Over in the Blue bracket only San Clemente represented, but they won, and in the Gray Division San Leandro was the only California casualty of the four entries in that bracket.

Deadlines called, so we still don't know if Miramonte knocked off Saguaro (AZ), if they lost the Green Division would be the weakest for the state, as the other three teams posted a record of 1-2.

The Red Division saw an opening round 3-2 record, while the White Brackets offered an even 2-2 mark.

With the most teams of any state in the tournament that means our California girls finished with either a 22-11 or 21-12 clip. More dominance will come tomorrow.

(nearly) Complete Game Scores:

National Division

Shelbyville Central (TN) 47 - Hampton (VA) 43

St. Mary's (CA) 68 - ThunderRidge (CO) - 55

Victory Christian (NC) - 49 Narbonne (CA) - 51

Bellevue East (NE) - 49 Christ the King (NY) - 59

Oregon City (OR) - 83 Thunderbird (AZ) - 39

Mountain View (UT) - 62 Piedmont (CA) - 69

Long Beach Poly (CA) - 74 Chattahoochee (GA) - 49

East Anchorage (AK) - 34 Bishop McNamara (MD) - 68

Black Division

La Jolla Country Day (CA)-85 Corona del Sol (AZ)- 34

Sylmar (CA)- 40 Berkeley (CA)- 51

Stockdale (CA)- 43 Mater Dei (CA)- 68

Sheldon (CA)- 54 Dobson (AZ)- 45

Edison (CA)- 31 Mullen (CO)- 43

Chandler (AZ)- 43 Marlborough (CA)- 73

Brea-Olinda (CA)- 47 Mountain Pointe (AZ)- 28

Hoover (CA)- 43 Oakland Tech (CA)- 62

Blue Division


Archbishop Carroll (PA) ?? Desert Vista (AZ) ??

Canyon (TX) - 40 Oak Ridge (TN) - 41

Callaway (MS) - 51 San Clemente (CA) - 55

John Ehret (LA) - 67 Centennial (NV) - 61

Green Division

Mountain View 2 (UT)- 51 Pinewood (CA)- 67

Fairfax (CA)- 39 Monarch (CO)- 44

Miramonte (CA) ?? Saguaro (AZ) ??

Brea-Olinda 2 (CA)- 40 Lehi (UT)- 47

Gray Division

Timpview 2 (UT)- 26 West Bakersfield (CA)- 84

San Leandro (CA)-49 Sunrise Mountain (AZ)- 54

Campbell County (WY)- 70 Castro Valley (CA)- 78

Hamilton (AZ)- 37 Canyon (CA) - 53

Red Division

Reno (NV)- 55 Westview (AZ)- 27

Marin Catholic (CA)- 41 Lehi 2 (UT)- 21

Highlands Ranch (CO)- 51 Amador Valley (CA)- 59

El Cerrito (CA)- 52 Hart (CA)- 63

White Division

Lynwood (CA)- 71 Carson City (NV)- 58

Timpview (UT)- Win (No pts available) Ursuline (CA)- Loss (No pts available)

Millikan (CA)-?? Carondelet (CA)- ??Salpointe (AZ)- Win (No pts available)

Horizon (CO)- Loss (No pts available)

With games today, Saturday, and then the championships on Monday, come back to for the most complete coverage of the best players and teams in the tournament.

Later today, a profile on the La Jolla Country Day superstar!

James Renwick

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