PEARLAND, Texas – After winning the American Family Insurance Girls 3-Point Championship Friday, Mikayla Pivec took on boys champion Kyle Guy in the Samsung Battle of Champions.
Guy posted 19 points, then Pivec followed with 19 points as she and Guy were named co-champions of the event, which was part of the American Family Insurance High School Slam & 3-Point Championships.
“To put 19 against Kyle, I was proud of my shooting today,” said Pivec, an Oregon State signee from Lynwood (Wash.). “Kyle’s a great shooter and he didn’t have his best round, 19 is very good, but he opened the door a little bit for me.
“If I could have hit one of my last couple of shots I would have beat him.”
Pivec didn’t miss many shots Friday, beating Destiny Slocum 15-14 in the final round for the girls crown.
“It means a lot,” Pivec said. “There was a lot of All-Americans here. The time put in has paid off in these competitions. It’s been a great experience, I’m glad I was able to experience this.”
Slocum, a McDonald’s All American from Mountain View High in Meridian, Idaho, collected the most points in the first round with 19.
“Destiny is a very good shooter,” Pivec said. “I’ve played open gym with her in the past and I know what she’s capable of, and I was able to get the win.
Pivec said her preparation helped her confidence.
“I put a lot of time in with my dad, who rebounds for me a lot, six or seven times a week,” Pivec said. “A lot of people may have a little bit of nerves but I just tried to focus on my shot and holding my follow through. And watching it go in.”
The event will air on Sunday on CBS at 3:30 p.m. ET.
“I was excited,” said the Maryland-bound Slocum. “The crowd was awesome, the people, this was super fun.”
“I did better than I actually thought, because I didn’t know if I would make it to finals. But it’s OK, second place motivates me. I’ll get first next time. But I’m happy that Pivec won.”