Spring Valley opens play today at the elite Crescent Bank Holiday Invitational girls basketball tournament at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center today at 5:45 p.m. against Socastee.
The 16-team tournament, commonly referred to as the girls version of the Beach Ball Classic, runs through Dec. 23. The field features two nationally-ranked teams – Butler (N.C.) and Fayette County (Ga.). Spring Valley and Fayette County are defending Class 4A state champions, while Butler was a 4A semifinalist in the Tar Heel State last season.
The field also features Goose Creek, which advanced to the Lower State championship game last year and handed Spring Valley it’s only loss to date this season. The Lowcountry Gators nipped the Vikings, 52-51, in the finals of the Viking Invitational tournament on Nov. 25.
Spring Valley has won seven in a row since falling to Goose Creek, and sophomore Asia Dozier is back in the lineup after missing the first four games of the season tending to a knee injury. The 5-11 guard is averaging 14.8 points and 5.6 rebounds since her return to action, to go along with 18 assists and 23 steals.
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Xylina McDaniel and Shaquita Walker are the Vikings other standouts. McDaniel, a 6-1 sophomore forward, is averaging 16.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 3.8 steals to date, and has 11 blocked shots. Walker, a sophomore guard, is averaging 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 4.6 steals.
Spring Valley has also received solid contributions from Briana Robinson (12.0 ppg in four games), Jocelyn Lawrence (4.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg) and Savonia Bryan (4.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg).