GIRLS HOOPS: Ironwood Ridge holds on to beat Sahuaro; Elena Arriaga has 999 career points

Natalie Bartle looks for an opening (Andy Morales/


Ironwood Ridge beat Sahuaro 56-49 Friday night to improve to 2-0 in the 5A Southern Region. Ranked tenth coming in, the win will surely keep the Nighthawks (10-5) near the top of the rankings despite two big losses to conference powers No. 1 Mesquite and No. 4 Marana in early December.

The Cougars (10-8) have had a difficult start to region play; dropping a 40-37 decision against No. 6 Cienega the night before. The 0-2 start certainly puts the Cougars in a bind but there is still plenty of time (and games) to recover considering the “home-and-home” scheduling in the region…


SAH: 7-13-11-18: 49
IR: 17-12-13-12: 56

SAH: E. Arriaga: 16 (2-6); C Mendoza: 12 (2-2); S. McCraney: 12 (2-2); D. Bonillas: 6 (0-1); L. Heslep: 5 (2-5); A. Bradford (0-2). 49 (8-18). 3-Pointers: E. Arriaga 2; C. Mendoza 2; L. Heslep.
IR: N. Feltman: 16 (0-3); C. Finster 9 (1-1); N. Bartle 8; L. Navis 8 (2-2); C. Arechiga 6; M. Lathrop 4; T. McCall 3 (1-2); M. Holthaus 2. 56 (4-8). 3-Pointers: N. Bartle 2.

Elena Arriaga (Andy Morales/


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at×822.jpg” alt=”” width=”1000″ height=”803″ /> Elena Arriaga (Andy Morales/


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