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Alexis Cortez finishes with 2,479 career points, top 5 in the history of Arizona


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Alexis Cortez (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Alexis Cortez (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Tucson standout Alexis Cortez scored 21 points against Sahuaro Friday night to break into the top five in the history of Arizona girl’s basketball. The East Carolina commit scored 10 points in the final two minutes to do so.

Kingman senior Desirae Gonzalez has a chance to break into the top 10. Former Superior standout Sonia Bribiescas (1984-1988) held the top scoring mark of 2,109 for two years but 16 players have broken that mark over the last 28 years.

Former Santa Rita standout Paula Pyers (1980-1984) was the first in Arizona to break 2,000 points.

Arizona Career Scoring Leaders: Girls (ABCA)
1 Julie Brase, Catalina Foothills (2,913) 1994-1998
2 Kayla Pedersen, Red Mountain (2,611) 2003-2007
3 Christina Wirth, Seton Catholic (2,550) 2001-2005
4 Ashley Wirtzberger, Yuma Catholic/Gila Bend (2,505) 2006-2010
5 Alexis Cortez, Tucson (2,479) 2012-2016
6 Nicole Powell, Mountain Pointe (2,478) 1996-2000
7 Olivia Snyder, Green Fields (2,382) 2009-2013
8 Alyssa Wahl, Cibola (2,366) 1999-2003
9 Wendy Woudenberg, Scottsdale Christian (2,295) 2001-2005
10 Marie Folsom, Corona del Sol (2,270) 1990-1994
11 Brooke Jackson, Mesa Mountain View (2,250) 2003-2007
12 Desirae Gonzalez, Kingman (2,242) 2012-2016
13 Dymond Simon, St. Mary’s (2,189) 2002-2006
14 Sydni Stallworth, Palo Verde (2,182) 2011-2015
15 Shawn Coder, Willcox (2,162) 1986-1990
16 Amy Showers, Camp Verde (2,161) 2001-2005
17 Sonia Bribiescas, Superior (2,109) 1984-1988
18 Paula Pyers, Santa Rita (2,082) 1980-1984
19 Theresa Wirth, Seton Catholic (2,080) 2007-2010
20 Kalie Matthes, O’Connor (2,068) 2008-2012
21 Camille Zimmerman, Tempe Prep (2,054) 2010-2014
22 Taneisha Gossett, Flowing Wells (2,043) 1990-1994

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