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The Brentwood High Athletic Boosters’ annual tip-off basketball tournament will take place Dec. 5 and 6, and will be a boys’ and girls’ event held at the high school and middle school gyms again this year.

Brentwood, Carrick, South Park and Steel Valley will compete for the boys’ championship, while Brentwood, Carrick, Avonworth and Brashear will vie for the girls’ championship.

The Steel Valley boys and Brentwood girls are the defending tournament champions. The first-round schedule for this year’s event is as follows:

• At 6 p.m., the Brentwood and Carrick girls will play in the high school gym; the South Park and Steel Valley boys will play in the middle school gym.

• At 8 p.m., the Brentwood and Carrick boys will play in the high school gym; the Brashear and Avonworth girls will play in the middle school gym.

The following day, the girls’ consolation game will be held at 1 p.m., followed by the boys’ consolation game at 3 p.m.

The girls’ championship game will take place at 5 p.m., followed by the boys’ championship game at 7 p.m.

Both the boys’ and girls’ consolation and championship rounds will be held in the high school gym.

Brentwood girls defending champs

The Brentwood girls’ team, behind senior center Laura McGowan, stormed past Avonworth, 50-37, in last year’s tournament championship game.

It was the Lady Spartans’ first tip-off tournament championship in 15 years.

“(We) started the season in an exciting fashion,” Rachel Thomas, Brentwood’s head coach, said.

McGowan registered a game-high 24 points for the Lady Spartans, on the heels of her game-high 25-point performance in the Lady Spartans’ 68-26 first-round victory against Carrick.

McGowan was named most valuable player of the girls’ tournament and was joined on the all-tournament team by Brentwood’s Alecia Folino, a 5-7 sophomore guard.

Folino finished with 23 points, 11 assists, nine steals and three rebounds in the tournament. McGowan and Folino also were selected to the all-tournament team in 2012-13.

Elphinstone named to all-tourney team

Brentwood’s boys’ team opened the 2013-14 season with a 1-1 tournament record.

The Spartans dropped their first game to Carrick, 44-43, before rebounding to edge South Park, 47-46, in the consolation round.

Troy Elphinstone, a junior center, was named to the all-tournament team. Elphinstone netted 12 points against Carrick, and followed up with an 11-point performance versus South Park.

He also was credited with seven rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal in the two-day event.

All eight squads playoff qualifiers

All eight tournament teams qualified for their postseason playoffs last year.

The Brentwood girls finished with a 15-7 overall record, while the Brentwood boys ended up 12-9 overall.

Steel Valley’s boys’ team compiled a 15-5 overall record in 2013-14; Avonworth’s girls’ team posted a 12-10 overall mark.

The Spartans lost gut-wrenching decisions to South Park, 51-50, and Meadville, 46-44, in the previous two tournament championship games.

Avonworth had won the girls’ championship trophy for nine consecutive seasons prior to last year’s loss to Brentwood.

The Lady Antelopes edged the Brentwood girls by a 44-42 score in the championship game two years ago.

Tickets for this year’s event will be available at the door at a cost of $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-388-5820 or [email protected].

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