Cross-town rivals have unexpected early meeting

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The schedule calls for the Glendale High and Hoover girls’ basketball teams to meet in a pair of Pacific League meetings later in the season.

But, before they get there, the squads have some on-the-court business to take care of in the first week of the season.

Glendale (2-1) will face Hoover (2-1) in the third-place game of the Hoover Tip-Off Classic at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Though its unusual for league rivals to compete against each other in a tournament, it’s not been the case with respect to these two teams.

For instance, Hoover posted an 81-46 win in the tournament’s third-place contest in 2006.

Glendale Coach Tania Adary said she doesn’t mind meeting a rival early in the season.

“It’s cool to play a rival , but there’s a little less pressure this time,” Adary said. “A lot of coaches don’t like playing other teams in their league, but it’s still a game.”

Hoover Coach Martik Ghookasian said it’s an opportunity to get a glimpse of what the teams might expect to encounter leading up to the regular-season matchups.

“It’s good for us because we’ve got a young team,” Ghookasian said. “We respect Glendale and Tania has got a tremendous team.

“Why not go up against a good team?”

The teams will then meet at Hoover in a league game Jan. 22 before closing out the regular season Feb. 11 at Glendale.

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Written by Charles Rich

December 4, 2009 at 12:29 am

Posted in Sports

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