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|Point guard Lisa Mifsud scored 24 points and helped engineer one of the many upsets at the Nike Tournament of Champions on Monday as Villa Maria (Erie, Pa.) beat Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.).|
CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Teamwork and execution seem to be the two things that can provide a spark when a team needs it most. When everything seems to be going wrong, there is nothing better than a teammate picking you up with a hustle play or an easy basket off a set that you've run a thousand times before.This held true for Brea Olinda (Brea, Calif.) and Villa Maria Academy (Erie, Pa.) as they pulled off two unlikely upsets of POWERADE FAB 50 teams in the John Anderson Invitational Division of the Nike Tournament of Champions on Monday. Brea Olinda, the returning Joe Smith champions, came into the TOC unranked and beat No. 44 Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.) 60-51. After graduating key players from last year's team and having a change at the head coaching position, Brea Olinda seemed to be in rebuilding mode. That could not be any further from the truth, as the Wildcats seemed to have just as much team chemistry as they did this time last year. "Obviously, there has been a lot of changes to Brea," coach Kim Cram-Torres said. "I took over and a great group of seniors left last year, but a lot of people don't realize that the group of upperclassmen that returned are very good and talented as well as tight-knit. When I took over, I wanted to make sure that they understood that our first priority was to continue to win." That point was made obvious as Brea came together against every run Regis Jesuit tried to make. Senior wing Keitra Wallace finished with 23 points and junior point guard Anna Kim added 18 points in the win.
|Point guard Anna Kim is the "heartbeat" of Brea Olinda, coach Kim Cram-Torres says.|
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Discuss this on our Message Board.Rebecca Gray is an intern for ESPN HoopGurlz. She previously wrote a column for the website about her experiences as a freshman on basketball scholarship at the University of North Carolina. She transferred to and played at Kentucky and now plays basketball and golf at Union College. A 5-foot-10, sharp-shooting guard out of Georgetown, Ky., Gray was named Miss Basketball in the state of Kentucky after averaging 25.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.1 steals and 4.8 assists during her senior season at Scott County High School. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.