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High school basketball: Top 50 Class of 2022 prospect Chance Westry leaves Sierra Canyon - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: Top 50 Class of 2022 prospect Chance Westry leaves Sierra Canyon
Despite starting the high school basketball season in Southern California with a perfect 7-0 mark, national power Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) has suffered a number of significant personnel losses. At the top of the list is four-star guard Chance Westry, a Pennsylvania native who is returning home and no longer with the program due to personal reasons, head coach Andre Chevalier told the Los Angeles Daily News.

Regarded as the No. 34 overall prospect in the Class of 2022, Westry averaged 14.2 points per outing in five appearances this season. He did not play in Sierra Canyon's previous two contests.

Max Allen, a 6-foot-8 post player, left the team before the regular season officially got underway April 22.

Bronny James is also unlikely to join the lineup this year after tearing his meniscus in February and 7-foot-3 center Harold Yu, who lives in China, also will not join the team.

Top five Class of 2022 prospect Amari Bailey has carried the load offensively in recent games, scoring 35 points in a 70-54 victory over Windward last Tuesday before recording a triple-double with 32 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in their most recent win over Crossroads on Friday.

Despite the voids in the lineup, the Trailblazers have now won 59 consecutive league games and remain a strong contenders to capture their third consecutive CIF Southern Section Open Division title. Playoffs begin May 28.
Amari Bailey drives to the basket during his 35-point performance against Windward.
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Amari Bailey drives to the basket during his 35-point performance against Windward.
High school softball rankings: Barbe joins this week's HIGHSCORE Top 25 after winning Louisiana 5A title - HIGHSCORE
High school softball rankings: Barbe joins this week's MaxPreps Top 25 after winning Louisiana 5A title
Barbe (Lake Charles) finished the season with eight straight wins, including a 3-1 Louisiana Class 5A state title over Airline on Saturday. A two-run home run by Madison Chretien and strong pitching by Halie Pappion propelled the tournament third seed to its first state title since 1997. Barbe enters this week's MaxPreps Top 25 high school softball rankings at No. 19.

Top-ranked Leander (Texas) opened postseason play by scoring 34 runs over two games while Lauren Tetreault and SJ Geurin each pitched complete-game shutouts. The Lions are back in action on Saturday against Southwest in Area play.

Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton) won the District 12 Championship in Florida beating 12th-ranked Newsome (Lithia) 2-0 on Thursday. The Mustangs host Steinbrenner on Thursday in 7A Regional Quarterfinal play. Newsome is not out. If the Wolves win Thursday, they could face Lakewood Ranch once again on May 11.
Alyssa Aguilar, Salpointe Catholic
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Alyssa Aguilar, Salpointe Catholic
MaxPreps Top 25 high school softball rankings

1. Leander (Texas)
Record:
31-0 | Last week: 1
Marley Neises drove in seven runs and belted a grand slam during the Lions first two playoff wins.

2. Barbers Hill (Mt. Belvieu, Texas)
Record:
33-2 | Last week: 2
The Eagles play 23-5 Angleton (Texas) in area play on Saturday.

3. Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record:
25-2 | Last week: 3
Sophomore Olivia Laney threw a complete game in 2-0 win over Newsome.

4. Park Vista (Lake Worth, Fla.)
Record:
25-0 | Last week: 4
The 7A state state title might be one of the toughest brackets in all of the country to win. The Cobras play Jupiter on Thursday.

5. Marist (Chicago)
Record:
16-0 | Last week: 5
The Redhawks have held 13 of their first 16 opponents scoreless.

6. Norco (Calif.)
Record:
12-1 | Last week: 6
The Cougars have won 11 straight after a three-game sweep of Santiago.

7. Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.)
Record:
40-2-1 | Last week: 7
The Huskies open 7A postseason play on Wednesday against Vestavia Hills.

8. Warren (San Antonio)
Record:
24-0 | Last week: 8
After two playoff shutout wins, the Warriors play Los Fresnos starting Friday.

9. Lake Creek (Montgomery, Texas)
Record:
34-0 | Last week: 10
Emiley Kennedy struck out 12 in a playoff win over Magnolia. The senior has now struck out 168 batters in 84 innings.

10. University (Orange City, Fla.)
Record:
22-0 | Last week: 11
The Titans are another powerhouse team in Florida's 7A bracket.

11. Neshoba Central (Philadelphia, Miss.)
Record:
27-0 | Last week: 13
The Rockets play Friday for a chance to berth in the Mississippi 5A state championship.

12. Newsome (Lithia, Fla.)
Record:
24-1 | Last week: 9
The Wolves host a 21-6 Palm Harbor University (Palm Harbor) squad Thursday in 7A playoff action.

13. Spring-Ford (Royersford, Pa.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 14
The Rams early season dominance continues, outscoring opponents 87-6.

14. Doral Academy (Doral, Fla.)
Record:
24-2 | Last week: 16
The Firebirds scored 15 runs in three innings to open Florida 6A postseason play.

15. Lake Central (St. John, Ind.)
Record:
19-0 | Last week: 17
Grace Renschen has a five-game hit streak going and is one of five players to  hit three or more home runs for the Indians.

16. Judson (Converse, Texas)
Record:
28-1 | Last week: 18
The Rockets carry a 23-game win streak heading deep into 6A Texas state playoffs.

17. Mater Dei Catholic (Chula Vista, Calif.)
Record:
13-0 | Last week: 19
Giselle Garcia struck out 15 and allowed two hits in a 6-2 win on Saturday.

18. Williamsburg (Ohio)
Record:
15-0 | Last week: 21
The Wildcats have allowed seven runs in 15 games.

19. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Record:
31-2 | Last week: NR
Arkansas commit Nyjah Fontenot hit 11 home runs and batted .530 on the season.

20. Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, Ariz.)
Record:
18-0 | Last week: NR
Senior Alyssa Aguilar struck out 11 Friday as the Lancers beat Sabino 10-0.

21. Bob Jones (Madison, Ala.)
Record:
29-3 | Last week: 12
The Patriots open 7A postseason play Tuesday.

22. Saint Francis (Mountain View, Calif.)
Record:
13-0 | Last week: NR
Jessica Oakland has nine home runs and is batting .620 to start the season.

Record: 13-1 | Last week: 15
The Spartans fell for the first time, losing 8-1 to a Los Alamitos playing really good ball.

24. South Gibson (Medina, Tenn.)
Record:
28-1 | Last week: 24
Senior Brooke Puckett has at least two or more hits in 12 games this season.

25. Westlake (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Record:
9-1 | Last week: 22
Kylie Chung hit a home run and struck out 11 batters Monday as the Warriors knocked off Agoura.

On the bubble: Rocklin (Calif.); Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.); Crown Point (Ind.); Mahopac (N.Y.); Benson (Ariz.)
HIGHSCORE Sophomore All-Americans Matt and Ryan Bewley skip final two year of high school basketball to begin professional career - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps Sophomore All-Americans Matt and Ryan Bewley skip final two year of high school basketball to begin professional career
Overtime Elite (OTE) signed its first high school players Friday, inking five-star West Oaks Academy (Orlando, Fla.) forwards Matthew Bewley and Ryan Bewley, per a report by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The elite Class of 2023 forwards will forgo their high school and college eligibility to join the startup league in September for contracts expected to pay out seven figures for each player over their two year contract.

Matt is regarded as the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2023 according to 247Sports, while Ryan is ranked No. 16 in the class.
Both players were selected as MaxPreps Sophomore All-Americans last season. Matt Bewley earned first team honors after averaging 17 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks per contest while Ryan Bewley earned honorable mention after averaging 10 points, 10.3 rebounds and two blocks per game.

Overtime Elite, in the process of building a 100,000 square-foot arena and training facility in Atlanta, hired 13-year NBA veteran and national championship-winning coach Kevin Ollie to run the team.

The upstart professional league is offering players a guaranteed minimum of at least $100,000 per year, plus bonuses and shares of equity in Overtime. It also maintains players will participate in revenue from use of their name, image and likeness, including through sales of custom jerseys, trading cards, video games and NFTs.

Overtime has secured $80 million in financial backing from Jeff Bezos, Drake, Alexis Ohanian, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and others.
Matthew Bewley in action during his freshman year at Northeast.
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Matthew Bewley in action during his freshman year at Northeast.
High school girls basketball: No. 2 Westlake grabs GEICO Nationals title with 70-50 win over Paul VI - HIGHSCORE
High school girls basketball: No. 2 Westlake grabs GEICO Nationals title with 70-50 win over Paul VI
A day after Raven Johnson and Ta'Niya Latson dominated a semifinal win, the Westlake (Atlanta) girls basketball team added a third monumental performer on Saturday. The result was a first GEICO Nationals title for the second-ranked Lions with a thorough and complete 70-50 championship game victory over Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.) at Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Ft. Myers, Fla.

Latson, a 5-foot-9 junior guard coming off a 26-point performance Friday in a 64-54 win over Fremont (Plain City, Utah), had 31 points. South Carolina point guard Johnson added 17 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. She had 25 points 10 rebounds, nine assists and seven steals on Friday. 

But it was the performance of Brianna Turnage that turned this game into a rout. The 6-2 Virginia Tech-bound post had 11 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks as the Lions, the four-time defending Georgia state champions, took command with a 17-4 in the second quarter to finish 22-0 on the season. They will undoubtedly be crowned MaxPreps National Champions.
Ta'Niya Latson supplied a game-high 31 points in Saturday's title game victory for Westlake.
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Ta'Niya Latson supplied a game-high 31 points in Saturday's title game victory for Westlake.
Paul VI, which got 17 points from Jaelyn Talley, 14 from Bella Perkins and 10 from Duke-bound Lee Volker, finished 11-1. The ninth-ranked Panthers, the 14-time defending Virginia state champions, barely had a season due to COVID-19 restrictions and entered the tournament having been off since Feb. 9. They played toe-toe-toe with Westlake during an entertaining first quarter and trailed 20-18.

But from there, the backcourt duo of Latson and Johnson took over on the offensive end, while Turnage was a huge force on defense. The Panthers, coming off a 52-49 overtime win over top-ranked Lake Highland Prep (Fla.), managed two baskets in the second frame as Westlake led 37-22 at halftime.

"Those three girls (Johnson, Latson and Turnage) have been our leaders all year so they just did what they've always done," Westlake coach Hilda Hankerson told ESPN2 at halftime. "We needed to make some serious defensive adjustments (in the second quarter) and that's what we did."
Raven Johnson of Westlake chases down a loose ball.
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Raven Johnson of Westlake chases down a loose ball.
Paul VI coach Scott Allen said at halftime his team simply needed to pick up its energy level, and told fans "to get their popcorn ready," for a second-half rally.


It never materialized, largely because the speed, quickness and shooting of Latson (9-of-16 from the field, 12-for-15 from the line) and Johnson. Turnage also made all five of her field goal tries. 

The four-team, 2021 GEICO nationals field was considered the best in the 12-year history of the event. The four teams entered a combined 75-0 and all ranked among the top 11 in the MaxPreps Top 25. Westlake is the first team from Georgia to win the tournament.
Westlake, 2021 GEICO Nationals champion
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Westlake, 2021 GEICO Nationals champion



High school basketball: No. 1 Montverde Academy survives GEICO Nationals upset bid with 51-49 win over AZ Compass Prep - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: No. 1 Montverde Academy survives GEICO Nationals upset bid with 51-49 win over AZ Compass Prep
Five-star Michigan signee Caleb Houstan tipped in the game winner with 17 seconds left as top-ranked Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) survived an upset scare Friday by No. 2 AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.) in the GEICO Nationals semifinals. The Eagles' 51-49 win sets up a championship showdown at noon (ET) Saturday against No. 3 Sunrise Christian Academy, which has beaten the No. 1 team in the MaxPrep Top 25 once this season.

Trailing 42-33 entering the fourth quarter, AZ Compass Prep responded with a 9-0 run to tie the game at 42 midway through the fourth quarter. The teams traded blows down the stretch before Creighton pledge Ryan Nembhard knocked down a 3-pointer at the end of the shot clock with 1:19 left to give the Eagles a 49-47 advantage.

MaxPreps National Player of the Year finalist TyTy Washington responded on the other end with a nice step-through layup to knot things up at 49. Houstan's game winning tip-in on the other end gave the Eagles the winning advantage, as Washington's last second 3-point attempt rimmed-out.

Jalen Duren, the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2022, finished with a team-high 14 points and nine rebounds, while Nembhard added five points, nine assists and four rebounds for Montverde (23-1).
Jalen Duren had a team-high 14 points for Monverde Acadmey.
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Jalen Duren had a team-high 14 points for Monverde Acadmey.
Washington finished his impressive senior campaign with 15 points, five assists and four rebounds in the loss.

It was Montverde Academy's second win of the season over the 28-2 Dragons, who fell 76-65 in overtime on Jan. 28.

The Eagles seeks their fifth GEICO Nationals title in their first championship appearance since 2018. Montverde Academy leads the season series 2-1, beating the Buffaloes 61-57 three weeks ago.

GEICO Nationals championship

Friday's semifinal results
Montverde Academy 51, AZ Compass Prep 49
Sunrise Christian Academy 70, IMG Academy 63

Saturday, April 3
Game on ESPN
Noon (ET) — No. 3 Sunrise Christian Academy vs. No. 1 Montverde Academy