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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Tournament of Champions kicks off today

The prestigious Tournament of Champions kicks off today in the Phoenix area.

Many eyes will be on Mater Dei, which is led by UConn Class of 2015 recruiting target Katie Lou Samuelson, as the Monarchs face Homewood-Flossmoor at 7:30 p.m. tonight. It will be a tough test for Mater Dei, the No. 4 team in the USA Today national poll as No. 12 Homewood-Floosmoor has six seniors committed to Division I school and one of the nation's best juniors in Faith Suggs. The head coach is a familiar name as Tony Smith coached UConn sophomore forward Morgan Tuck at Bolingbrook High School.

A second-round meeting against Christ the King and former UConn recruiting target Sierra Calhoun as the Joe Smith Division is packed with the nation's elite once again.

Five teams ranked 16th or higher in the USA Today poll are among the eight teams in the division including No. 1 Long Beach Poly, No. 6 Riverdale Baptist and No. 16 Christ the King. The championship game is slated for Saturday at 4 p.m. local time (6 p.m. here in Connecticut).

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