TOC: Almost Deja Vu
Maya Moore blocks Azania Stewart
Maya Moore blocks Azania Stewart
National Director of Scouting
Posted Dec 20, 2006

Collins Hill's comeback victory over Notre Dame Academy on Tuesday provided reminders of a painful setback suffered by the team last year at the Nike Tournament of Champions.

CHANDLER, Ariz. - The legend of Maya Moore continued in the quarterfinals of the 2006 Nike Tournament of Champions. The nation’s top high school player showed again why she is the best. With her Collins Hill team trailing an impressive Notre Dame Academy most of the game ,and a trip to the semifinals on the line, Maya put on her Superwoman suit again and came up with what seemed like a miracle. This miracle was not without a scary sense of déjà vu for Moore or Collins Hill.

This game felt eerily like the 2005 TOC championship game where Moore scored 40 points against Christ the King but fouled out before the end of regulation; her team unable to seal the deal in overtime. This year Super Maya upped her career high by a bucket with 42 points before her final foul sent her to be a spectator. And the difference this time? "This time we had the lead," Moore said. "And I knew my team could hold the lead."

Even Collins Hill coach Tracy Tipton felt a little déjà vu. "I cannot lie," said Tipton, "that did go through my head." But this time the rest of team stepped up and made big plays in the 78-73 win over NDA. Taylor Dalrymple knocked down a huge three point shot, Jordan Jones caught fire and sophomore Jazmin Walker played some huge minutes and knocked down the key free throws to seal the deal in overtime.

"When you win games like this against great teams, like Notre Dame (Academy), it just makes you even more proud of your kids," said Tipton, whose team will play their fifth game in seven days on Wednesday. "I guess the greater the sacrifice the greater the reward."

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Chris Hansen is the National Director of Scouting for Women's Basketball at and He leads the panel that evaluates and ranks girl's basketball prospects nationally for HoopGurlz and Chris has been involved in the women’s basketball community since 1998 as a coach, trainer, evaluator and reporter. He can be reached at

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