M-V-P! M-V-P! M-V-P! (That's three from Clark County)
OK, by now we already know Clark County rules girls basketball in this state. Skyview is the 4A champion. Prairie is the 3A champion. And both teams also had tournament MVPs.
But there was another MVP from Clark County. Union’s Jordan Chatman was voted the MVP of the 4A tournament. It is not unprecedented, but I would guess it is rare for the tournament MVP to come from a team that did not play in the finals. Union ended up in third place.
One reporter joked that Chatman should have been MVP just for his length-of-the-court shot to beat the buzzer at the end of Friday’s semifinal.
But Chatman did so much more than make an improbable shot.
He averaged 27 points per game and made 14 3-pointers, shooting 45 percent from 3-point range. He concluded his high school career with a 32-point performance Saturday in the third-place game, a 62-51 win over Bellarmine Prep.
Later in the day, we watched Skyview and Prairie win their classifications.
Skyview’s Brooke Bowen, for her all-around play, was voted the MVP. She was in foul trouble in the title game, returned to action in the fourth quarter, and quickly made two shots to bring the Storm to within a point. She averaged better than 12 points in the tournament, best on the team, and also played strong defense.
Prairie’s Heather Corral ruled the third quarter of her team’s opening win Thursday, a quarter when Prairie rallied to take the lead for good. Friday in the semis, she scored 13 of her 18 points in the first half to establish a dominance. Then, Saturday, she struggled with her shot yet was still the biggest factor on the court with her defense and passing. She was the easy pick for MVP of the 3A girls tournament.