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12/23/2012 9:35:00 PM
High-octane play highlights PHS girls hoops tournament
Big O Winter Classic
Pool 1 - Sabino, Bradshaw Mountain, Copper Canyon, Paradise Valley, Corona del Sol

Pool 2 - Raymond S. Kellis, Desert Edge, North Canyon, Prescott, Sandra Day O'Connor

Friday, Dec. 28

Bradshaw Mtn. vs. Paradise Valley 1 p.m. main gym

Corona del Sol vs. Copper Canyon 1 p.m. auxiliary gym

Desert Edge vs. Prescott 2 p.m. main gym

North Canyon vs. O'Connor 2 p.m. auxiliary gym

Sabino vs. Copper Canyon 3 p.m. main gym

Bradshaw Mtn. vs. Corona del Sol 3 p.m. auxiliary gym

Kellis vs. O'Connor 4 p.m. main gym

Desert Edge vs. North Canyon 4 p.m. auxiliary gym

Paradise Valley vs. Corona de Sol 5 p.m. main gym

Sabino vs. Bradshaw Mtn. 5 p.m. auxiliary gym

Prescott vs. North Canyon 6 p.m. main gym

Kellis vs. Desert Edge 6 p.m. auxiliary gym

Saturday, Dec. 29

Copper Canyon vs. Bradshaw Mtn. 8 a.m. auxiliary gym

Paradise Valley vs. Sabino 8 a.m. main gym

Corona del Sol vs. Sabino 10 a.m. auxiliary gym

Copper Canyon vs. Paradise Valley 10 a.m. main gym

North Canyon vs. Kellis 11 a.m. auxiliary gym

O'Connor vs. Prescott 11 a.m. main gym

5th place Pool #1 vs. 5th place Pool #2 1 p.m. auxiliary gym

4th place Pool #1 vs. 4th place Pool #2 1 p.m. main gym

3rd place Pool #1 vs. 3rd place Pool #2 2 p.m. auxiliary gym

2nd place Pool #1 vs. 2nd place Pool #2 2 p.m. main gym

1st place Pool #1 vs. 1st place Pool #2 3 p.m. main gym

Steve Stockmar
Sports Editor

PRESCOTT - It's fast, it's up-tempo and the clock is always a factor.

Try and catch your breath this Friday and Saturday when the 2nd annual Big 'O' Winter Classic girls' basketball tournament takes over two gyms at Prescott High School.

The 10-team field includes the hosts, the Badgers, as well as Prescott Valley's Bradshaw Mountain. The local rivals are in opposite pools meaning that, with some holiday magic, they could face off in Saturday's championship finale at 3 p.m.

One of the Winter Classic's quirkier elements is the use of a running clock throughout.

Games feature two 20-minute halves with a clock that never stops. Each team gets two timeouts, but the pressure is always on with the minutes constantly ticking down.

"It makes for a much more upbeat, fast game," PHS head coach Missy Townsend said Saturday. "Even though it's running, time-wise it's actually a longer game than a 32-minute game. I like the tournament format. It makes for good games, quick games, and you can get a bunch of games in."

Between both pools and two campus gyms, the tournament will squeeze 12 games into Friday's first day. Should any of the games go to overtime, an extra three-minute session will take place, also with a running clock.

Last year's tournament champion, Tempe's Corona del Sol, is back to defend its title with just about the same team as last winter. The host Badgers (8-3 overall) took second place on their own floor last year.

The Badgers have had some time off before the tournament. They've been off since this past Friday, but return to practice at 7 a.m. the day after Christmas to prepare for the Classic.

"I'm a big believer in family, and this is just such an important family time of year. I want all my girls to feel like this is an opportunity to have some good quality time with family," Townsend said of the Christmas time off. "We're hitting almost the halfway mark for the season, and I like to make sure that they're not getting burned out. They're getting some downtime, especially after finals."

This year's tournament field is down from 16 teams last year to 10. Out-of-town travel budget issues impacted some teams' ability to return in 2012.

Joining Bradshaw Mountain in Pool 1 is Tucson Sabino, Glendale Copper Canyon, Paradise Valley and Corona del Sol. In Pool 2, Prescott is joined by Glendale Raymond S. Kellis, Goodyear Desert Edge, Phoenix North Canyon and Phoenix O'Connor.

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