ESPN to Air Girls Basketball Invitational, January 21 & 22

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ESPN to Air Girls Basketball Invitational, January 21 & 22

  • Elite High Schools to Participate in Four-Team Basketball Tournament
  • Games Available on ESPNU and ESPN+

 As part of the newly launched ESPN Girls High School Series, ESPN will air the Girls Basketball Invitational on ESPNU and ESPN+. The two-day tournament, hosted at Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, Minn., brings together four elite girls basketball teams from four states, including the top three ranked teams in the nation: No. 1 Sidwell Friends School (D.C.), No. 2 DeSoto High School (Texas), No. 3 Hopkins (Minnesota), and Grandview High School (Colorado).

Girls Basketball Invitational Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Fri, Jan 21 5 p.m. No. 1 Sidwell Friends (D.C.) vs. No. 3 Hopkins (Minnesota) ESPNU
  7 p.m. Grandview (Colorado) vs. No. 2 DeSoto (Texas) ESPN+
Sat, Jan 22 5 p.m. Third Place Game ESPN+
  7 p.m. Championship Game ESPN+

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The ESPN Girls High School Series will include similar formatted events in additional girls’ sports taking place throughout 2022.

Girls Basketball Invitational Tournament Field (team notes and top college commits)
Rankings based on HoopGurlz Recruiting Rankings: espnW 100 (2022), Super 60 (2023), Terrific 25 (2024) and espnW watch list (2025).

DeSoto High School (Texas)

  • 2021 State Champions
  • 58 ranked senior Sa’Myah Smith (LSU), No. 63 ranked senior Amina Muhammad (Texas) and No. 69 ranked senior Tionna Herron (Kentucky)

Grandview High School (Colorado)

  • Two state championships in the last 5 years
  • 1 ranked senior Lauren Betts (Stanford) and her younger sister Sienna Betts who is a top 25 freshman

Hopkins High School (Minnesota)

  • Seven state championships and a record of 591-68 in the last 23 seasons
  • 9 ranked senior Maya Nnaji (Arizona), No. 39 ranked senior Amaya Battle (Minnesota), No. 26 ranked junior Taylor Woodson, No. 38 ranked junior Sunaja Agara (Stanford) and No. 11 ranked sophomore Alivia McGill

Sidwell Friends School (D.C.)

  • Nine ISL League Championships
  • 2 ranked senior Kiki Rice (UCLA), No. 10 ranked junior Jadyn Donovan and No. 4 ranked sophomore Kendall Dudley

The Girls Basketball Invitational was created by Paragon Marketing Group. Ticket and further event information can be found at:

About Paragon Marketing Group
Paragon Marketing Group is a corporate consulting agency specializing in sports, entertainment and cause related sponsorships. Paragon and has collaborated with ESPN over the past 18 years to deliver over 700 live high school sports telecasts featuring many of the top teams and players in the nation. Paragon collaborates with ESPN on the following live properties:

GEICO ESPN High School Football Kickoff & Showcase
GEICO Girls Volleyball Invitational
GEICO Top Flight Invite
GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase
GEICO State Champions Bowl Series
GEICO High School Basketball Nationals
GEICO High School Lacrosse Showcase
GEICO High School Lacrosse Nationals
GEICO Baseball City Series

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For further information on the Girls Basketball Invitational please contact: [email protected]

ESPN media contact: Kimberly Elchlepp at [email protected]; @kimelchlepp

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