WINTER BREAK: Sahuaro wins Sabino hoops invite; semifinals set for Flowing Wells & Walden Grove tourneys

CDO senior Leila El-Ali broke 1,000 career points on Thursday. (Andy Morales/


Sahuaro went undefeated to capture the championship of the Sabino Capital Connect Tournament this past week. The Cougars jumped out to a 31-13 lead on Mingus in the championship game and held on for a 63-48 victory.


In girl’s action. Canyon del Oro senior Leila El-Ali scored 16 points to help the Dorados advance past Buena (49-43) at the Flowing Wells Holiday Shootout. El-Ali came into the game needing 10 points to reach 1,000 career points.

“I feel it’s a really good accomplishment for me,” El-Ali said. “I worked really hard to get here and we are having a good year. It means a lot to my family.”

Leila’s older sister Nadia was a senior when Leila was a freshman and the two got to play together that year. Her brother Zach plays for the boy’s team at CDO.

The Dorados will play Sahuaro in the semifinal round on Friday and Queen Creek will take on Pueblo in the other semifinal.

In soccer action, the semifinals have been set for the Walden Grove Invitational. Flowing Wells, Cienega, Sahuaro and Tucson advance on the girl’s side while Sunnyside, Nogales, Buena and Sabino will battle it out on the boy’s side. The complete schedule is listed below.


Thursday, Dec. 29
Red Mountain 39, Cienega 35 (Red Mountain)
Basha 48, Ironwood Ridge 43 (Red Mountain)
Mountain View 48, Paradise Valley 39 (Prescott)
Mountain View 60, Tolleson 43 (Prescott)

Friday, Dec. 30
Cienega vs. Mesa Mountain View, 9:30 a.m. (Red Mountain)
Marana vs. Roosevelt (WA), 2 p.m. (Cactus Jam)
Ironwood Ridge vs. Red Mountain, 2 p.m. (Red Mountain)


Thursday, Dec. 29
Empire 46, Kellis 45 (White Mountain)
Buena 85, Valley Sanders 41 (White Mountain)
Basha 62, Salpointe 33 (
Empire 61, Coconino 55 (OT). (White Mountain)
Buena 81, San Tan Foothills 39 (White Mountain)
Liberty 83 Rincon/UHS 59 (Judy Dixon)

Friday, Dec. 30
Catalina vs. Arete Prep, 9:30 a.m. (Coolidge)
Salpointe vs. Junipero Serra (CA), 10 a.m. (
Buena vs. Pinon, 10:30 a.m. (White Mountain)
Santa Cruz vs. Franklin, 11 a.m. (Coolidge)
Empire vs. Gila Ridge, Noon (White Mountain)
Catalina vs. Coolidge, 12:30 (Coolidge)
Santa Cruz vs. Maricopa, 2 p.m. (Coolidge)
Catalina Foothills vs. Deer Valley, 2:45 p.m. (Cactus Jam Championship)
Catalina vs. Casa Grande, 3:30 p.m. (Coolidge)
Santa Cruz vs. Globe, 5 p.m. (Coolidge)
Rincon/UHS vs. Queen Creek, 5:30 p.m. (Judy Dixon)

Tucson Cactus Classic
Dec. 28-30 Pusch Ridge & Desert Christian

Thursday, Dec. 29
Rincon 58, Marcos De Niza 19 (GIRLS)
Pusch Ridge 32, vs. Notre Dame 29 (Girls)
Tucson 54, Coconino 44 (Girls)
Pusch Ridge 33, Rincon 31 (Girls)
Scottsdale Prep 51, Benson (Boys) 19
Coconino 59, The Gregory School 26 (Girls)
Pusch Ridge 40, Desert Christian 33 (Boys)
The Gregory School 88, Benson 38 (Boys)
Notre Dame 68, Marcos De Niza 36 (Girls)
The Gregory School 43, Desert Christian 20 (Girls)
Desert Christian vs. The Gregory School (Boys)
Pusch Ridge vs. Scottsdale Prep (Boys)

Friday, Dec. 30 at Desert Christian
Scottsdale Prep vs. The Gregory School (Boys), 11:45 am
Desert Christian vs. Benson (Boys), 1:15 pm

Girls: 4:40 p.m.
Boys: 6:20 p.m.

Tombstone Boys & Girls Basketball Tournament
Dec. 27-29

Thursday, Dec. 29
Valley Union 55, St. Augustine 9 G
Hopi 46, San Miguel B 43
San Miguel 31, Tombstone 26 G.
Bisbee 71, Tombstone vs. 37 B
Willcox 33. Bisbee 28 G
Bourgade Catholic 69, Immaculate Heart 32 B
Hopi 60, Baboquivari 56 G
Baboquivari 66, Willcox 48 B

Flowing Wells Girls Holiday Shootout
Dec. 29-20

Thursday, Dec. 29
Palo Verde 46, Salpointe 44
Nogales 42, Desert View 22
Sahuaro 68, Vista Grande 36
Queen Creek 57, Amphitheater 30
Catalina Foothills 49, Rio Rico 43
Pueblo 73, Empire 36
Canyon del Oro 49, Buena 43
Kofa 45, Flowing Wells 42
Amphitheater 47, Desert View 38
Flowing Wells 60, Empire 53
Salpointe 50, Vista Grande 42
Buena 60, Rio Rico 56
Sahuaro 58, Palo Verde 41
Canyon del Oro 55, Catalina Foothills 33
Queen Creek 58, Nogales 39
Pueblo 72, Kofa 24

Friday, Dec. 30
Vista Grande vs. Rio Rico, 9 a.m.
Palo Verde vs. Catalina Foothills, 9 a.m.
Empire vs. Desert View, 10:30 a.m.
Nogales vs. Kofa, 10:30 a.m.
Salpointe vs. Buena, Noon
Amphitheater vs. Flowing Wells, Noon

Sahuaro vs. Canyon del Oro, 1:30 p.m.
Queen Creek vs. Pueblo, 1:30 p.m.

Walden Grove Soccer Invitational
Dec. 27-30: Walden Grove & Sahuarita

FIELD 1: Walden Grove
FIELD 2: Sahuarita

Thursday, Dec. 29
Tanque Verde 0, Walden Grove 0 G
Catalina Foothills 1, Tucson 0 G
Nogales 2, Sunnyside 0 B
Flowing Wells 3, Nogales 0 G
Rio Rico 4, Tanque Verde 0 B
Cienega 6, Rio Rico 0 G
Sabino 6, Sahuarita 0 B
Buena 2, Cienega 2 B
Catalina Foothills 0, Sahuaro 0 B
Ironwood Ridge 2, Salpointe 1 G
Sahuaro 2, Walden Grove 0 G

Friday, Dec. 30

F1: Flowing Wells vs. Cienega, 10 a.m. (Girls)
F2: Sunnyside vs. Nogales, 10 a.m. (Boys)
F1: Sahuaro vs. Tucson, Noon (Girls)
F2: Buena vs. Sabino, Noon (Boys)

Girls, 5:30 p.m.
Boys, 7 p.m.

Warrior Boys Getaway Invitational
Dec. 30: Pueblo

Pueblo vs. Vista Grande, 10 a.m.
Mountain View vs. Vista Grande, 1 p.m.
Pueblo vs. Mountain View, 4 p.m.

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