The Mountain Pointe girls basketball just couldn’t finish Friday afternoon in the Nike Tournament of Champions.

Whether it was holding on to a second quarter lead or at the basket, the Pride were just unable to close the deal against Bellmarmine Prep of Tacoma, Wash., in a 42-38 loss at Chandler High.

The Pride had a 18-10 lead in the second quarter but went the last five minutes of the second quarter without scoring to trail 19-18 at the half.

Bellarmine never trailed again although Mountain Pointe cut the lead to one throughout the game.

“Every time we had a possession to tie or take the lead we’d foul or play out of control or miss a shot,” Pride coach Trevor Neider. “It wasn’t our best game. I did a bad job of coaching. I need to do a better job in practice and games the rest of the season.”

A prime example of being unable to finish came when the Pride’s Tilasha Okey hit back-to-back 3 pointers to tie the game at 33 and Maddy Sulka got a steal on the ensuing Bellarmine possession. Instead of taking advantage of it the Pride came down and threw up an errant shot, got the offensive rebound and followed it up with a turnover that led to an easy Bellarmine basket.

Mountain Pointe falls to 7-4 before playing in Saturday’s final game at 7 p.m.

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or JSkoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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