By Nathan Joyce
The best girls basketball player in the nation lived up to her billing at the T-Mobile Invitational.
The tournament, held at Edmunson Pavilion on the Washington campus, was in its inaugural appearance showcasing some of the top teams and players from around the nation. This year, it had three top national teams and a top team from the state for both the boys and girls tourneys. The event will be held in another state next year.
The marquee player of the tournament was Maya Moore, a 6-foot forward who plays for Collins Hill of Suwanee, Ga., the top-ranked team in the nation according to USA Today.
Moore, who will play at Connecticut next year, scored a career-high 48 points - 38 in the first half - as her team beat No. 11 St. Elizabeth High School of Wilmington, Del., 74-63 in the title game.
"That was a phenomenal performance," St. Elizabeth coach Tom Ferrier told the Seattle Times. "She didn't make easy baskets. A lot of times there was nothing we could do about it."
Moore hit 17 of 28 from the field - including 3 of 5 3-pointers - and pulled down 13 rebounds before fouling out in the final minute.
It was the second time during the winter break that Collins Hill won a national tourney.
In the consolation game, 15th-ranked Winter Haven (Fla.) beat Issaquah 63-49.
Boys Basketball: Fairfax Wins Boys T-Mobile Title
UCLA-bound forward Chace Stanback scored 25 points as Fairfax of Los Angeles beat LeFlore of Mobile, Ala., 52-42, in the boys T-Mobile Invitational title game.
Fairfax won despite trailing 20-6 after the first quarter.
LeFlore, ranked No. 11 by USA Today, was trying to win its third major tournament in December.
"I just hate to lose on such a big stage," Rattlers coach Otis Hughley told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "People got a chance to analyze us. I hope we analyze ourselves."
Hughley made his players watch from the bench while Fairfax cut down the nets.
In the consolation game, Chris Banchero had 18 points and Jamelle McMillan had 17 as O'Dea of Seattle beat Solon (Ohio) 53-44.
Holiday Tournament Rundown
MVP Joey Brazen scored 27 points in the title game as the Bellevue girls won the Slam bracket at the Surf `N Slam Tournament in San Diego. The King's girls lost in the tile game of the Surf Division.MVP Courtney Vandersloot had 24 points in the championship game as Kentwood won the Cactus division in the Cactus Jam in Phoenix. The Issaquah boys lost in the title game of the boys Cactus Division.The Rainier Beach boys, ranked No. 1 in the 3A classification, lost three straight at the Nike Academy National Invitational in Houston.The Jackson girls beat Lincoln of Tacoma in the title game of the Auburn Riverside Invitational.The Chief Sealth boys beat Ballard 45-44 in the title game of the Bellevue Holiday Tournament.