Monday, December 27, 2010

Lake Taylor, Princess Anne head elite field at Boo Williams tourney

If you live in the Hampton Roads area and enjoy girls basketball, some of the best in the country will be on display Tuesday - we hope - in the Boo Williams/Ronald Curry Christmas Classic at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton.

The eight-team elite division could lead to a rematch of last year's Virginia Group AAA state championship game between Princess Anne and Lake Taylor. But the field is so deep it wouldn't be shocking if neither of these teams even reach the final. Five of the eight teams are included among the nation's top 50 in the latest ESPN/Powerade rankings: No. 12 Riverdale Baptist (Md.); No. 20 Lake Taylor; No. 27 Princess Anne; No. 29 Overton (Tenn.) and No. 47 Oak Hill Academy.

Not surprisingly, however, the winter storm has played havoc with travel plans and tournament arrangements. The event was supposed to begin Monday. Today's schedule is also subject to adjustment, and according to a story in the Newport News Daily Press it's possible Overton may have to be replaced.

As of now: here's a look at Tuesday's first-round pairings along with some of the featured players. We'll try to post any changes as soon as we hear them.

5 p.m. - No. 12 Riverdale Baptist - Lauren Chase, 5-6 G (UMBC); Tyonna Williams, 5-7 G (Temple); Diana Logan 6-0 F (Georgetown); Jonquel Jones, 6-1 F; Maya Singleton, 6-0 F; vs. Reynolds (N.C.)  - Whitney Knight, 6-1 G (de-committed from Duke in Nov., will sign late)

6: 30 p.m. - No. 27 Princess Anne - Elizabeth Williams, 6-3 C (Duke); vs. Columbia (Ga.)

8 p.m. - Bishop McNamara - Taylor Brown, 6-8 G (Georgetown); vs. No. 20 Lake Taylor - Linda Stepney, 5-8 G (West Virginia); Crystal Leary, 6-1 F (West Virginia); Toia Giggetts, 5-11 F (James Madison)

8 p.m. - No. 47 Oak Hill Academy - Mallory Jones, 6-0 F (St. John's); Candace Ball, 6-4 C, Jr. (Wake Forest); Nirra Fields, 5-9 G, Jr. (No. 16 ESPN Super 60 for 2012); vs. No. 29 Overton (Tenn.) - Caselia Campbell, 6-2 F, Carson-Newman; Cornelia Fondren, 6-2 G, Jr.


  1. Correction Riverdale Baptist - Taylor Brown plays for Bishop McNamara, not Riverdale. NOTE: Riverdale quards are Lauren Chase 5-6 (UMBC); Tyonna Williams, 5-7(Temple) - ALSO - ESPN Top 100 Prospects - Diana Logan for 2012, 6'0" (Georgetown); Jonquel Jones 2012, 6'1"; Maya Singleton for 2013, 6'0"

  2. Bless you, and thanks for setting us straight.

  3. No problem, but you could have left Kelila Atkinson and Jennie Sims that was true too...LOL!! We all good!! Just wished I was there...gotta work. Are they posting scores?

    Just want to say you all have a outstanding blog/page... I have a friend that turned me on to it today! I posted it on my FB and clicked the "like" button! Keep up the good work!

  4. As you can tell, we're a little out of our element with the high school teams, but we did want to let people know about what sounds like a really good tournament. We hope to get over there tomorrow or thursday and do a little reporting from the site; by then we ought to have our rosters straight. Don't think anyone's doing any live scores, but as soon as we find out anything, we'll pass it along. Oh, and thanks for the "like"!