Haley Jones lifts Archbishop Mitty to title at Nike Tournament of Champions

Dan Olson

Archbishop Mitty took out national powerhouses St. John's College, Riverdale and St. Mary's on back-to-back-to-back days to win the Nike Tournament of Champions.

The Nike Tournament of Champions final was back-and-forth and up-and-down and up for grabs. With 3:35 to go, Haley Jones took control.

The 6-foot-1 undeclared junior wing scored 12 of Archbishop Mitty's (San Jose, Calif.) final 14 points to give Mitty a 57-50 win over St. Mary's (Stockton, Calif.) in the final of the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix.

Jones, who had 22 points and 10 rebounds in the final, was named tournament MVP.

For much of the game, it looked like the awards would be headed to Aquira DeCosta and St. Mary's.

DeCosta, a Baylor signee, came out hot and put St. Mary's up 11-7 at the end of the first quarter. St. Mary's at times looked like it would take control in the second quarter, but a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Mitty senior point guard Krissy Miyahara tied the game 25-25 at halftime.

It was Mitty who threatened to pull away in the third, but an acrobatic layup at the buzzer by St. Mary's Nicole Young tied it back up at 37-37 at the end of the third quarter.

And that set the stage for Jones, who hit back-to-back 3-pointers, sank a 12-footer, made four free throws and grabbed two key defensive rebounds in the final 3:35 to seal the win for Mitty.

DeCosta, who scored 24 points in the final, was named to the all-tournament team. She was joined by teammate Ariel Johnson and Mitty's Nicole Blakes.

Mitty coach Sue Phillips praised Jones' versatility.

"Haley played nearly all positions on the floor today," Phillips said. "It clicked for Haley today, and she took over."

Also selected to the all-tournament team in the Joe Smith Division were Brinae Alexander (Riverdale), Justice Ethridge (Centennial), Shaylee Gonzales (Mesquite), Yo'myris Morris (North Little Rock), Makayla Pippin (Rock Creek Christian Academy), Erin Toller (Sacred Heart Academy) and Malu Tshitenge-Mutombo (St. John's College).

Day 4 standouts

  • Who needs a dominant low-post prospect? Everyone! Angel Jackson, a 6-3 junior center at Salesian (Richmond, Calif.), had 21 points and impacted the game at both ends of the floor in a 63-52 win over Germantown Academy (Fort Washington, Pa.). A dominant low-post prospect with a soft touch around the basket, Johnson has numerous scholarship offers from big-time colleges.
  • Brinae Alexander, a 5-9 shooting guard, scored 24 points as Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) cruised past Riverdale Baptist 80-65 to claim third place in the Joe Smith Division. Riverdale had its 53-game winning streak snapped in the semifinals with a loss to Archbishop Mitty.
  • Madison Campbell, a 5-11 sophomore shooting guard, scored 32 points in Clovis West's (Calif.) 70-62 loss to Gilbert (Ariz.) in the final of the Mike Desper Division. Campbell, who was named MVP of the Joe Smith Division a year ago, scored 107 points this year, including a school-record 41 points in a win over Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.) on Thursday.

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