— Who’s Next (@WhosNextHS) March 31, 2018
(4-1-18) – portions of story courtesy GEICOHoops.com
NEW YORK – For all the girls’ public high school basketball teams that play in out-of-the-way places, where teammates attend kindergarten through secondary school, attend the same church and leave within a jump shot of each other, your team is Central Valley of Veradale, Washington (pop. 9.837 – 12 miles from Spokane) is that team.
Camryn Scaife (Jr Guard)
“We pretty much have known each since grade school, playing AAU together; we have great chemistry.”
Central Valley, the Washington 4A State Champions, finished 4th in this year’s SSN National Public High School poll.
The Bears did not leave the state of Washington, until the GEICO National Championships and they ended with a win in New York over #1 seed Hamilton Heights (Tenn) Christian Academy, 66-61 in the Championship Game.
Lexie Hull (Stanford commit) had 26 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, 11-11 free throws, Skaife had 14 points and Lacie Hull (twin sister to Lexis and also going to Stanford) added nine. The Bears were 21 of 22 from the line for 95.5 %.
HHCA’s Massengill had a game-high 32 points, five rebounds and six assists. Treasure Hunt had nine and Georgia Tech commit Elizabeth Balogun added five.
— Jayda Evans (@JaydaEvans) March 31, 2018
The Bears finish the season 29-0, while HHCA (25-2), a team with two McDonald’s All Americans and at least seven Division I players on the roster lost for the second time in the final.
Hamilton Heights Christian has three of its eleven players on the roster from Chattanooga, three from Nigeria, , three from the Dominican Republic, one from Portugal and one from Brazil.
HHCA is a small non-denominational Christian school with around 60 students in grades 9-12. The last eight years under coach Keisha Hunt, the girls’ program has grown into a national power.