Miami Country Day (Miami, Fla.) took home their second DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals title in three years on Saturday, with an impressive 81-55 victory over Hamilton Heights Christian (Chattanooga, Tenn.) in the final.
The tournament featured a host of impressive performances – particularly from the winners, whose entire starting lineup made a compelling case for inclusion on the All Tournament team. (Miami Country Day forward Aaysia Berry was an especially difficult snub, given her 15 point, 13 rebound effort in the final.)
Nonetheless, here are the five players who stood out over the course of the two-day tournament in Middle Village.
Maria Alvarez – Miami Country Day (Miami, Fla.)
Alvarez was a deserving tournament MVP, going 8-for-11 from three in the finals to power the Spartans to a blowout victory.
Elizabeth Balogun – Hamilton Heights Christian (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
The 6-1 junior was terrific in Friday’s semifinal, knocking down three crucial free throws in overtime to help propel the Hawks to victory.
Sarah Barcello – Seton Catholic (Chandler, Ariz.)
The junior guard almost singlehandedly kept her team in the game on Friday against a very tough Miami Country Day squad with 21 points on 9-for-12 from the field.
Angel Reese, St. Frances Academy (Baltimore)
The freshman guard nearly led her team in its 56-55 overtime loss to Hamilton Heights Christian. She had 24 rebounds and 20 points, including nine points in the fourth quarter, none bigger than a putback at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
Kelsey Marshall – Miami Country Day
Ranked No. 81 in the ESPNW 100, Marshall showed off her mid-range jumper in a superb final (23 points) on Saturday.