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Lady Torreys win the 2011 Nike Tournament of Champions

 UPPER SCHOOL -- Congratulations to the Lady Torreys who went 4-0 in the NIKE Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, Arizona December 18th- 22nd.  The Torreys  captured the John Anderson Division Championship  defeating No.19 Holy Cross(Kensington, MD) 58-44.  Kelsey Plum was named Tournament MVP of the Anderson Division, while Maya Hood and Malina Hood both were named to the All-Tournament Team.  With this Tournament Championship, the Lady Torreys are now 8-0 and should find themselves in the National Rankings.

On Monday, December 19th, the Lady Torreys open the TOC  tournament with a convincing win over Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas.  The Torreys had for players scoring in double figures: Maya Hood lead all scoring with 19 points, Kelsey Plum added 18 points and went 7-7 from the freethrow line. Brianne Yasukochi finished with 14 points, including 3 three point field goals and Malina Hood finished with a double –double 12 points and 10 rebounds.

On Tuesday, December 20th the Lady Torreys defeated perennial power house Long Beach Poly 53-41.  Kelsey Plum led the way with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists. Maya Hood finished with a double –double of her own scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Malina Hood played incredible defense and chipped in 5 points and 7 rebounds.  With Brianne Yasukochi in foul trouble, freshman Melanie Quijano stepped in and did an incredible job running the point against Long Beach Poly’s pressure defense to help the Torreys advance to the Semi-finals.

In the Semi-Finals on Wednesday December 21st, the Lady Torreys made a statement by dominating Southern section power house Brea Olinda 67-50.  Kelsey Plum led all scoring finishing with 24 points including 4 three point field goals.  Maya Hood finished with 19 points, 6 steals and 4 assists, while twin sister Malina Hood finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds of her own.  Point guard Tia Kanoa had 8 assists and chipped in 4 points to help the Torreys advance to the TOC Championship.

On Thursday, December 22nd, in the Championship game, the Lady Torreys faced No.19 Holy Cross (Kensington, MD), who  made their debut with four Division I signees and plenty of size  including 3 seniors one 6-foot-5 and two 6’0”.  Despite the Lady Torreys lack of size and early foul trouble they captured the John Anderson Division Championship defeating No.19 Holy Cross 58-44.   Malina Hood led all scoring with 21 points and had the defensive assignment of guarding the 6’5” post and held her to just 6 points.  Maya Hood finished with another double-double, 12 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out.  Kelsey Plum finished with 16 points and 6 assists, scoring 12 of her 16 points in the second half, and icing the game with six straight in the final 58 seconds.  Point guard Tia Kanoa finished with 6 points, 6 assists, and 6 steals.

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