COLUMBIA, Mo. – If all goes well, a pair of local high-school basketball players may gladly forfeit thoughts of a warm-weather Spring Break for the lingering winter chill of Chicago.

Rock Bridge High School seniors Elle Brown and Madison Treece were nominated to be considered for the 16th annual McDonald’s All-American® Girls Game, a prestigious honor for prep basketball players around the country. The list of nominees will be pared down to a 24-person team on Sunday, Jan. 15 on ESPNU, airing at 9:30 p.m. central time.

Nominations were gathered from Sept. 6-Dec. 1, 2016 from approved nominators, including high school principals, athletic directors and head varsity basketball coaches. Brown and Treece represent two of the five girls from Missouri that were chosen for consideration. Brown is a 5-foot-10 shooting guard who has committed to play collegiately at the University of Missouri beginning in 2017. Treece is a 6-foot-4 post player who received many offers but ultimately chose to play college ball at Duke University in Durham, N.C.

The finalized team will participate in a game in Chicago on Wednesday, March 29, which will air nationally on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. central time.

McDonald’s® is the largest and best-known global foodservice retailer, with more than 30 stores in the Columbia-Jefferson City area. More than 85 percent of McDonald’s restaurants in the United States are owned and operated by independent, local businessmen and women. The Rock Bridge store in Columbia is owned and operated by Mark and Kate Mehle.