Clovis West vs Sacred Heart
Madison Campbell helped grit out a win against a tough Sacred Heart team and protect their perfect season. *Photo by Chris Hansen.
In a physical game from tip to final buzzer, the nation's No. 1 or No. 2 team, depending on which poll you read, pushed through for a 75-55 win. Sarah Bates finished with a team high 19 points, including eight in the fourth quarter to help slam the door on any comeback attempt. Fellow team captain Danae Marquez finished with 16 points while Tess Admundsen chipped in 14. Sacred Heart got an admirable effort from Ilmari'I Thomas who finished with a game high 29 points and was dominant on the glass as well.
Oakridge vs. Miramonte
Clair Steele helps power Miramonte past Oak Ridge at the ELITE is EARNED New Year's Showcase. *Photo by Chris Hansen.
The game was a contrast of two distinctly different teams as Oak Ridge sports a lineup chalk full of tall post players, many of whom hold Division I offers already, against a Miramonte whose tallest player is 5-11. But on this day it was head coach Kelly Sopak's Miramonte squad that controlled the game with full court pressure and a fast pace. Five Lady Mats players finished in double figures in the 75-48 win, lead by the 17 points from junior point guard Clair Steele. As a team, Miramonte connected on 13 triples.
Player of the Game: Rebecca Welsh (Frosh), Miramonte -- 13 points, 11 in the first quarter to set the tone.
Eastside College Prep vs. Antelope
Zion Gabriel was vital in Eastside College Prep's comeback win over Antelope.
After falling behind 12-2 in the opening quarter, Eastside College Prep came roaring back behind a 20-6 second quarter to take a halftime lead it would not reliquish. ECP was led by the 11 points of sophomore Zion Gabriel.
Player of the Game: Zion Gabriel (Soph), Eastside College Prep -- 11 points, 6 steals, 5 rebounds, 5 assists.
Concord vs. Terra Nova
Concord's Ciara O'Kelley battles Terra Nova's Kenady Armstrong in the first half. *Photo by Chris Hansen.
Concord whethered the third quarter Tera Nova score, which reduced a double digit lead to just two points. Behind 11 points from both Kenady Armstrong and Jessica Solis, Concord was able to pull away late. Franchesca Calagui scored all seven of her points in the fourth quarter to slam the door on any comeback attempt.
Player of the Game: Jessica Solis (Junior), Concord -- 11 points, three 3-pointers.
St. Joes Notre Dame vs. Pinewood
Pinewood sophomore Hannah Jump helps her team off to a fast start in the first half. *Photo by Chris Hansen.
Pinewood surged ahead in the first quarter behind the nine points of sophomore Hannah Jump, and cruised to a 66-46 win over St. Joe's Notre Dame. Jump finished with 16 points. Senior guard Miakela Topper added 12 points in the Pinewood win.
Player of the Game: Hannah Jump (Soph), Pinewood -- 16 points (14 in the first half).
Albany vs. St. Pats/St. Vincent
Tameiya Sadler, a freshman at St. Patrick/St. Vincent, leads her team in the opening game of the ELITE is EARNED New Year's Shootout. *Photo by Chris Hansen.
Coach Nadine Walker had her team rolling with a 49-32 win over Albany using terrific ball pressure and getting out in transition. Albany dug a deep hole early and closed the gap in the second half after the slow start.
Player of the Game: Tameiya Sadler (Frosh), St. Patrick/St. Vincent -- 8 points, 7 rebounds, 6 steals, 5 assists.
Chris Hansen is managing editor of ProspectsNation.com and serves on the McDonald’s All-American and Naismith Trophy selection committees. He was a co-founder of and the national director of scouting for ESPN HoopGurlz from 2005 until 2012 and is the director of the Check Me Out Showcase. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.