GEICO Nationals to feature No. 1 Miami Country Day, No. 2 St. John's College
St. John's College High School started its 2018-19 girls' basketball season ranked No. 1 in the nation; Miami Country Day finished its 2018-19 regular season ranked No. 1 in the nation. The two could get a chance to settle the No. 1 question once and for all next month at the GEICO High School Nationals in New York.
No. 2 St. John's (Washington, D.C.), featuring super sophomore Azzi Fudd, and No. 1 Miami Country Day (Florida), featuring senior stalwarts Maria Alvarez and Koi Love, are two of the four schools that have accepted invitations to the GEICO Nationals, which is scheduled for April 5-6 at Christ the King High School in Queens, New York.
St. John's (35-1) fell to Miami Country Day (26-1) 44-41 in December at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix. Miami Country Day went on to win its sixth straight Florida state title. St. John's went on to win its third straight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship and its fourth straight District of Columbia title.
No. 4 Centennial (Las Vegas) and No. 7 New Hope Academy (Landover Hills, Maryland) round out the field. Centennial (30-1), which has won five straight Nevada state titles, suffered its lone loss to Salesian College Prep (Richmond, California) at the Nike Tournament of Champions. Miami Country Day is responsible for one of New Hope's (37-3) defeats, in overtime at the Nike Tournament of Champions.
The first semifinal, Miami Country Day vs. New Hope, is scheduled for 11 a.m. ET on April 5. St. John's vs. Centennial will follow at 1 p.m. Both games will be aired on ESPNU. The final is scheduled for April 6 at 10 a.m. on ESPN2. Miami Country Day has won the national title twice before, in 2017 and 2015.