La Jolla Country Day wins Nike tourney in Phoenix


The La Jolla Country Day girls basketball team went 4-0 in the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix last week, capturing the John Anderson Division Championship.

The Torreys (8-0 overall) defeated nationally-ranked Holy Cross (Kensington, Maryland) 58-44 in the championship game.

Kelsey Plum was named Tournament MVP of the Anderson Division, while Maya Hood and Malina Hood both were named to the All-Tournament Team.

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

On Tuesday, Dec. 20, the Torreys defeated perennial power house Long Beach Poly, 53-41. Plum led the way with 26 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. Maya Hood finished with a double–double of her own scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds.

In the semifinals on Wednesday Dec. 21, the Torreys made a statement by dominating CIF Southern section powerhouse Brea Olinda, 67-50. Plum led all scoring with 24 points including four 3-pointers. Maya Hood finished with 19 points, six steals and four assists, while twin sister Malina Hood finished with 16 points and eight rebounds of her own. Point guard Tia Kanoa had eight assists and chipped in four points to help the Torreys advance to the championship.

On Thursday, Dec. 22, in the Championship game, the Torreys faced No.19 Holy Cross, a team with four Division I signees and plenty of size including three seniors: one 6-foot-5 and two 6-footers.

Despite the 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 scorers with 21 points. Maya Hood finished with another double-double, 12 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out while Plum finished with 16 points and six assists, scoring 12 of her 16 points in the second half.