Last year the Classic in the Country was fortunate to have the best team in the state of Colorado come to the girls basketball showcase over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. The Raiders of Regis Jesuit High School from Aurora, Colo. lost to eventual DIV I Ohio state champions Kettering Fairmont in day one of the Classic, then handled Canton McKinley with ease in a Monday afternoon game.
Guess who’s back? Regis Jesuit. And they are coming back as Colorado’s 5A girls basketball state champion. The Raiders also had the Colorado state basketball tournament MVP on the floor when they won 53-46 over Highlands Ranch in the state final last winter.
Last year’s all-tournament basketball MVP was Regis’ Justine Hall. In the fourth quarter of the state final win, Hall scored 24 points including and eight-for-eight effort in the fourth quarter of the game that solidified the win for Regis Jesuit. With (Gatorade Player of the Year) Diane Akigbogun in foul trouble during that game, the Raiders turned to their junior to help secure their first state championship.
Justine, after a plain nine point effort in game one at last year’s Classic in the Country (the loss to Kettering Fairmont), blew up against Canton McKinley on Monday afternoon dropping 23 points, including three treys while pulling down six rebounds, passing out two assist and picking three steals.
For those in attendance that afternoon to watch the Justine Hall Show, you were reminded why you love girls high school basketball. Hall showed incredible athleticism, a scorers touch, solid defense and team leadership.
If you want to see a great player this year at the Classic (that isn’t a Knight or a Hawk, of course) you have to make sure you watch Ms. Hall go up and down the floor in the Perry Reese Jr. Center.
Regis Jesuit will play Saturday Jan. 18th at 1:30PM versus Cincinnati Princeton in the game three of the Classic and then again on Monday the 20th versus North Canton Hoover in game sixteen.
Make sure you make these two games to see Colorado’s best and their best player Justine Hall.