Here’s a recap of some of the top holiday tournament action involving Georgia’s Class AAAAA basketball teams:
*Campbell Holiday Classic: The Kell girls team capped an impressive three-day run with a 58-43 victory over Westlake on Saturday to capture the championship. Naomi Stuger had 14 points, 10 rebounds and six steals for Kell in the championship game. Caliya Robinson was named the tournament MVP. Kell beat three Class AAAAAA teams – Marietta, Hillgrove and Westlake – on the way to the title. The Longhorns (9-1) have won seven consecutive games and face Osborne in a key 7-AAAAA game on Tuesday.
*Naples Holiday Shootout: The Tucker girls suffered their first loss of the season but finished 3-1 in Naples, Fla. The Tigers (11-1) lost to Whitney Young of Chicago 49-38 in the first round but rebounded with victories against Dreher (Columbia, S.C.), Easton (New Orleans) and McDonogh (Owings Mill, Md.) to claim ninth place in the 16-team tournament. Erykah Davenport averaged 17.7 points and 10 rebounds in the victories. Tucker will play in the Peach State Classic at Westlake, beginning Thursday against Mundy’s Mill.
*MaxPreps Holiday Tournament: Miller Grove’s boys team improved to 14-3 for the season with a 3-1 performance in Palm Beach, Cal. The Wolverines’ only loss in the four-day event was a 52-50 setback to Los Angeles’ Westchester, which won the tournament championship. Miller Grove beat Leuzinger (Lawndale, Cal.) 50-43, Rainier Beach (Seattle) 65-63 and De La Salle (Chicago) 61-51. The Wolverines return to 6-AAAAA play next week with games against Clarkston, Lakeside and Dunwoody.
*West Georgia Holiday Classic: The Villa Rica boys and Paulding County girls gave Region 5-AAAAA a championship sweep in the three-day event in Carrollton. Villa Rica’s boys are 13-1 after victories over Paulding County (51-38), Mount Zion-Carroll (69-25) and Handley, Ala. 63-51. The Wildcats have won nine consecutive games since losing to Allatoona 50-33 on Dec. 4. Paulding County’s girls (11-3) beat Villa Rica, Bowdon and Bremen and have won 11 consecutive games, topping last season’s 10-win total.
*Lanierland Tournament: The Flowery Branch girls (11-1) had their 11-game winning streak stopped with a 46-44 loss to Chestatee in the championship game in Gainesville. Flowery Branch, which trailed by 13 points at halftime, cut the deficit to two points with 27 seconds remaining but got no closer. Tavia Sykes scored 15 points to lead the Falcons.