C-J girls knock off nation’s No. 1 team

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C-J wing and UConn recruit Samarie Walker had 22 points and 20 rebounds in Friday’s win. (Photo by Nick Falzerano)

The Dayton Chaminade-Julienne girls basketball team, one of the top teams in the state this year, may also be one of the top teams in the country as well after defeating No. 1 ranked Long Beach (Calif.) Poly.


The Dayton Chaminade-Julienne girls basketball team, one of the top teams in the state this season, may also be one of the top teams in the country as well.

The Lady Eagles knocked off Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, which was ranked No. 1 in the country by USA Today, 53-40 in the Nike Tournament of Championships Thursday, Dec. 18 in Chandler, Ariz.

The tournament is regarded as one of the top girls high school basketball events in the country.

Freshman guard Emily Michael led C-J (5-1) with 18 points and junior Samarie Walker netted 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Walker, a University of Connecticut recruit, held Poly (8-1) center Monique Oliver to just seven points. Oliver is a Southern California recruit.

Shene Fleming added nine points and 11 rebounds. Nicky Disbrow also had nine points, including two three-pointers.

C-J played in the Nike tournament last year and lost to Poly 67-59.

Going into the game, C-J was only ranked in USA Today’s Midwest regional ranking but should crack the national rankings after the monumental win.

C-J’s only loss this season is a season-opening forfeit to Centerville. 

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Information from the Dayton Daily News was used in this report

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