- Chris Hansen, ESPNHS HoopGurlz
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CHICAGO -- The girls were quick to take over the stage at the POWERADE Jam Fest on Monday night, and they weren't all that willing to give it up, either.
"Beyonce said it best," Jordan Jones said. "Who run the world?"
For those not plugged in to current pop music, the answer is "Girls."
Jones, a Texas A&M commit from DeSoto (Texas), not only won the girls' skills competition at the prelude to the 2012 McDonald's All-American Games, but she also knocked off the top score posted by the boys' winner, Tyler Lewis of Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.).
In fact, all three girls in the final beat Lewis' winning boys' score.
Duke commit Alexis Jones of MacArthur (Irving, Texas) started things off by shooting, passing and dribbling her way through the course quicker than Lewis. Then Niya Johnson of P.K. Yonge (Gainesville, Fla.), a Baylor commit, topped Alexis Jones' performance. Jordan Jones, the final finalist, bested them all to win not only the crown but also some bragging rights for the girls.
For a while, it looked like those bragging rights would extend to the dunk contest as well.
Breanna Stewart, one of three girls in the contest, brought the crowd at the University of Illinois-Chicago to its feet when she slammed home a two-handed alley-oop for her first attempt and followed it up with a one-handed alley-oop for her second. Stewart, a UConn commit from Cicero-North Syracuse (Cicero, N.Y.) and the No. 1 prospect in the ESPNU HoopGurlz 100, earned a perfect score of 140 in the first round to advance to the finals. No girl had won the contest since Candace Parker in 2004.
But Shabazz Muhammad of Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) stepped up to claim the championship.
Alexis Prince of Edgewater (Orlando, Fla.), a Baylor commit, and Brittney Sykes of University (Newark, N.J.), a Rutgers commit, also participated in the contest but were unable to convert on their dunks and did not advance to the finals.
In between the skills competition and the dunk contest, Morgan Tuck of Bolingbrook (Ill.), a UConn commit, moved out to the perimeter to win the girls' 3-point contest. She had a chance to tie boys' winner Rasheed Sulaimon of Strake Jesuit (Houston), but her final shot rimmed out.