The sixth annual Title IX Holiday Invitational Classic, a three-day tournament featuring six brackets and 42 girls’ basketball teams, including nine of The Post’s current top 20, came to a close Tuesday night at the D.C. Armory. Of the 20 local teams in attendance, only No. 3 Stonewall Jackson and No. 12 Edison went undefeated throughout the showcase. But several area prospects, most notably a few underclassmen, stood out on the final day of action with Maryland Coach Brenda Frese and assistant coaches from Virginia, Ohio State and Miami, among others, all in attendance.
Freshman Honesty Grayson, Riverdale Baptist: Grayson is a 5-foot-8 point guard who appears destined to be a high major recruit one day. Though it was a rough tournament for No. 5 Riverdale Baptist, which lost close games to St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) and No. 2 Eleanor Roosevelt, the Crusaders rebounded Tuesday night with a 72-65 win over No. 15 National Christian. Grayson had a team-high 18 points, recovering from a first-quarter knee injury scare in time to show off the explosiveness and poise of an experienced veteran.
Sophomore Octavia Wilson, Eleanor Roosevelt: Though the Raiders lost to Chicago-based Whitney Young, 59-52, Tuesday night, they again saw a young star emerge. Two days after freshman Asia McCalla had 27 points in a win over No. 13 Good Counsel, sophomore Octavia Wilson finished with a team-high 16 points for the second game in a row as Eleanor Roosevelt nearly went 3-0 playing without senior All-Met Kaila Charles in a loaded bracket.
Sophomore Mykea Gray, National Christian: Gray had 24 points in a losing effort for National Christian, which fell behind early against Riverdale Baptist and never could recover. The 5-foot-6 transfer from Capitol Christian is already receiving interest from high major programs.
Junior Genesis Parker, Stonewall Jackson: The former St. John’s and O’Connell standout put on a show in the first half of Stonewall Jackson’s 63-52 win over No. 7 Georgetown Visitation Tuesday night, scoring 18 of her 25 points before halftime. The 5-foot-8 point guard can shoot from anywhere on the floor and penetrate the lane with strength and quickness.
Junior Jada Graves, Edison: Graves poured in 27 points as Edison stormed to a 58-36 win over Palotti Tuesday night to continue its fast start to the season. Graves, a lefty combo guard, can both create off the bounce and shoot from long range, making the Eagles a leading contender among Northern Virginia public school teams.
Sophomore Kyara Frames, McNamara: Frames helped the fourth-ranked Mustangs rebound from a loss to Georgetown Visitation by scoring 18 points for the second time in a week against O’Connell Tuesday night.
No. 2 Eleanor Roosevelt had its 32-game winning streak snapped Tuesday night in a 59-52 defeat to Chicago-based Whitney Young. The Raiders were a perfect 26-0 last season and hadn’t lost since the 2013 Maryland 4A state semifinals.
- Genesis Parker powered No. 3 Stonewall Jackson past No. 7 Georgetown Visitation at the Title IX Holiday Invitational Classic.
- Kelly Koshuta scored 34 points as No. 20 Madison outlasted Fairfax in overtime in the championship game of the Bulldog Bash at Westfield.
- Two St. John’s crew teammates will attempt to row a marathon on New Year’s day.
- The Rock Ridge High wrestling team is trying to make an impact in the program’s first year of competition.
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National Capital Hockey Tournament: A day before the Winter Classic comes to Nationals Park, Gonzaga’s ice hockey team will attempt to win “The Purple Puck” in its annual tournament across the Anacostia River. The Eagles are the only remaining local team in the field, and await the winner of the second semifinal after they dropped St. Joseph’s Prep, 7-3, earlier this morning at Fort Dupont Ice Arena. The final is slated for a 4 p.m. start.