Can Pinnacle girls hoops challenge St. Mary’s?
It’s no surprise to see the St. Mary’s girls basketball team off to a good start. The Knights are 3-0 and have won their games by an average score of 62-17. With reigning Tribune Player of the Year Chantel Osahor back, as well as Connecticut commit Courtney Ekmark and four other Division I signees, St. Mary’s is well-positioned for a run at another state title.
Last year, no one in the state was remotely close to toppling the Knights. They won each of their tournament games by 25 points or more and made a case as the best team in the country.
This year could be more of the same, but there is one team stepping up as the No. 1 challenger.
Pinnacle is 9-0 and captured the championship at the Highland Thanksgiving Tournament. The Pioneers had a close, three-point win over Chandler, but other than that has defeated every opponent by double digits.
The team has a superstar in Oregon State-bound Sydney Wiese, who is averaging 20.0 points and 5.1 assists in the earlygoing. She is complemented by Britta Nordstrom (12.1 points, 8.4 rebounds) and Kenna McDavis (8.8 points, 3.6 rebounds).
With victories over Seton Catholic, Mountain Pointe, Chandler and Desert Vista, Pinnacle has made a very good case as the second-best team in Division I right now. However, is it enough to challenge the St. Mary’s juggernaut?
The teams will face off in the MLK Basketball Classic on Jan. 21. If Pinnacle continues to play well, that game will be full of intrigue.