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No. 1 in nation, O’Dowd falls in Nike TOC

Playing without San Diego State-bound point guard Ariell Bostick, the Bishop O’Dowd High girls basketball team basketball team, ranked No. 1 in the nation, fell 57-46 to Riverdale Baptist (Md.) in Friday’s semifinals of the E Division of the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, Ariz.

The Dragons are ranked No. 1 in the maxpreps.com Xcellent 25, and Riverdale Baptist is ranked fifth.

O’Dowd, which won the California Interscholastic Federation Division III title last season, will face Phoenix-St. Mary’s in the third-place game on Saturday.

Matt Schwab

  • Oh Boy

    Where was AB at??? I hope she is okay. Big loss for BOD and wasted opportunity for girl’s bay area hoops on the national stage.

  • Matt Schwab

    I was told by a source she had to leave the tournament to attend a social event. So she’ll be back and as strong as ever!

  • FB Guru

    Miramonte beat Bishop Gorman so Bay Area girls hoops is still being represented at the TOC.

  • hoops

    She had a social event.So sad that the event was scheduled at a time like this playing on a national stage.Selfish of the family and denied everyone on that team a chance to achieve something special.It was a Cotillion.Hope she enjoyed it.

  • mckbooth

    Yep I can’t see that one. I saw the highlights from the first game and Bostick has definitely stepped up her game. I can’t believe she left the biggest tournament of the year after the first night knowing that she;d be needed. What type of social event could have been bigger than the national championship teams in a head to head battle. Boy things have changed since i was a child.

  • hoops

    Lost to St.Marys Phx 63-60 which is one of the best in the country.The Dragons had the chance to be the first team in history from the bay area, boys or girls, to be the best team in the country.Oh well.I guess they can debate now what is more important,your team or your personal cotillion.Another difference between girls and guys and another reason to not care about the vastly inferior girls basketball.

  • Former dragon

    Lets not forget she is a high school player. Let her have fun and make choices. You are only in high school once. I am glad she did something fun!

  • mckbooth

    As you get older you realize that the community you represent is also an important component and some things are bigger than you’re personal joy. You’ve chosen to be an entertainer whether you realize it or not.
    What about her teammates that have gone on this journey with her for 4 years. None of them bailed. I hope this doesn’t create a rif with them. How can you trust that she has your back.
    Not sure how this will play out.
    Maybe they”ll let controversy bond them together and catch #! Mater dai in the open state finals.

  • Prep Fan

    Didn’t Sacred Heart Cathedral out of SF finish #1 in the nation a couple of years back in girls hoops? St. Mary’s of Stockton isn’t Bay Area, but close. BOD had a chance to be in that conversation. Got to be a real downer for all the teammates that would have done anything for a national championship or undefeated season. It is hard to imagine this happening on a boys team in just about any sport, except maybe volleyball, but its also hard to imagine it happening at BOD girls hoops.

  • #1 Dragon Fan

    Judging by the responses it’s obvious that most of the readers aren’t familiar that Cotilion participants are required to make a time & financial commitment more than a year in advance, long before the basketball schedule was known & the team was named #1 nationally. Also, although no other starters participated in the Cotilion there was two additional BOD teammates who also did. This was a case of an unfortunate date conflict.

  • hoops

    I do not believe SH was ever number 1 in the nation.As far as the post about being in HS and having fun,well it might be a better life lesson to respect all the time and hard work your team has put in to achieve a goal,and maybe that is more important than you personally having fun.Twenty years from now everyone on that team will look back and they will have a different story to tell because of her cotillion.I just do not see any justification for a player in that situation to miss that tournament for a social event.Sorry.

  • #1 Dragon Fan

    MaxPreps and USA Today ranked Sacred Heart No. 1 in the country in 2007-08. It would be nice if adults had their facts correct first before criticizing a high schooler and her family’s decision. The Cotilion is more than a “social event”, it’s also a fundraiser for disadvantaged youth.

  • Prep Fan

    MaxPreps had them #1 in the nation for 2007-2008. I Googled Sacred Heart Cathedral #1 and this article popped up:

    http://www.maxpreps.com/m/article.aspx?articleid=c0139800-d7f1-490e-b108-833807b0ae56

  • hoops

    That really surprises me that SH was #1 at the end of the season.Oh well,the Dragons will not be matching that now.

  • mckbooth

    The Dragons could still be in the conversation if they take care of business this week, run the table and beat Mater Dai at the end in the state tourney. Long way to go and there are going to be losses in the top 5. There are going to be some upsets along the way.

  • Oh Boy

    Interesting debate. It looks like St Mary’s Berkeley has jumped ahead of BOD in national ranking after beating Long Beach Poly. They could have a better shot at national #1 and they have a date at BOD January 12. Think that could get moved to a larger venue?