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Nike Tournament of Champions

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

     The preliminary bracket has been released for the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, Ariz. Currently, the Lady Knights are set to face a team from Washington, D.C. on Monday, Dec. 19, but the bracket has not been finalized.  Several factors were used in determining pairings, including each team's relative strength, experience, past performance, school size, and geography.  The final bracket is set to be released on Friday, Dec. 9. 

    In the finalized bracket, the Lady Knights are set to take on the St. John's College Lady Cadets from Washington D.C.  Last season, the Lady Cadets lost only two games and are currently ranked as the number four team in the nation.  The game will take place on Monday December 19th at 1:30 P.M. local time.  Marion County's possible matchups in the second round include Windward High School, from Los Angeles, or Irving MacArthur High School from Irving, Texas.  The Lady Wildcats from California are 5-1 on the season and the Lady Cardinals from Texas are 18-0 on the season and are ranked as the number five team in the nation.

     The number one, two, three, four, five, nine, ten, thirteen, eighteen, twenty-two, and twenty-third nationally ranked teams are in the bracket with the Lady Knights.