Coming off a Conference 4A State Title win—which marked nine state championships in 21 years under head coach Karen Self—Seton Catholic Prep’s Girls Varsity Basketball team is headed to New York for the second time to compete in the DICK’S Sporting Goods (DSG) High School Nationals. The Lady Sentinels of the East Valley are one of four girls teams to grace the court in the tournament, which begins March 30 and concludes with the April 1 championships at Christ the King High School in Middle Village, New York.
The DSG High School Nationals provides a platform for top nationally ranked high school basketball teams to compete against each other for a postseason basketball championship. DSG selects eight boys teams and four girls teams with all 10 games televised live on ESPN networks.
For Self, the second opportunity for her team to represent Seton Catholic on a national stage is the icing on a season that not only brought her another championship trophy, it marks 25 years she has coached girls basketball—all at Seton. In addition, Self is one of six coaches to be inducted into the Arizona High School Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame on April 30.
“I am incredibly proud of this team, and honored at the chance to compete against the best teams in the country,” said Self. “This is a fantastic ending to a storied career for our seniors.”
Seton’s Lady Sentinels, ranked No. 1 by azcentral sports’ “Arizona’s Best High School Girls Basketball Programs,” is currently ranked No. 15 on USA Today Sports’ “Super 25 Expert Rankings.” The team bounced back on the national list from some midseason injuries to improve to 29-3 as junior guard Sarah Barcello had 26 points in a 61-41 defeat of Phoenix Shadow Mountain in a conference quarterfinal. Last month, Barcello and sisters LeeAnne and Jenn Wirth led the team to a 61-27 victory over Cave Creek Cactus Shadows in the conference final.