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Inside the Crescent Bank Holiday Invitational

Teams to watch

Butler (N.C.)

| Ranked 10th in the nation by ESPN and No. 22 by USA Today. Finished 30-2 last season and advanced to the Class 4A semifinals. Bulldogs started the season 5-0.

Peddie School (N.J.)

| Receiving votes in the ESPN top 25 and ranked sixth in Northeast region. Powerhouse program has won 12 straight New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association championships.

Spring Valley

| Reigning S.C. Class AAAA state champions have the look of a dynasty after starting three freshmen and two sophomores last season. Vikings were 27-1 last season.

Redan (Ga.)

| Reigning Georgia Class AAAAA state champions are ranked seventh in the nation by USA Today and eighth in the South region by ESPN. Raiders have reached three state championships in the last four seasons.

Fayette County (Ga.)

| Reigning Crescent Bank Holiday Invitational champions have been Georgia’s Class AAAA runner up the last two seasons. Ranked 47th in the nation to start the season by MaxPreps.

Players to Watch

Butler (N.C.) guard Cierra Burdick

| Six-foot-3 junior guard averaged 12.8 points, 11.1 rebounds, four blocks and 2.1 steals per game last season. Tennessee commit is ranked the third-best junior in the nation by ESPN.

Butler center Clair Watkins

| Six-foot-4 senior, who was once committed to but will not attend Duke, is the rated 25th best center in the nation by ESPN. She averaged 11.3 points and 6.9 rebounds last season.

Spring Valley guard Asia Dozier

| Five-foot-11 sophomore is the best player in South Carolina, according to the S.C. Basketball Coaches Association. She averaged 18.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 3.8 assists last season.

Spring Valley forward Xylina McDaniel

| Six-foot-1 sophomore is the state’s second best player, according to the SCBCA. She averaged 13.3 points and 7.9 rebounds last season, earning The State’s Midlands Female Athlete of the Year.

Myrtle Beach guard Khadijah Sessions

| Five-foot-seven sophomore is the reigning Toast of the Coast Player of the Year is the state’s fifth best player, according to the SCBCA. She averaged 19.2 points, 5.4 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 4.7 steals per game last season.Compiled by Josh Hoke, jhoke@thesunnews.com

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