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HOOPS: Kelsey Siemons & Ilyssa Galindo break 1,000 career points on same night

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Two Southern Arizona standouts reached 1,000 career points on Tuesday night. Catalina Foothills senior Kelsey Siemons broke 1,000 in first quarter action at Flowing Wells and Pueblo junior Ilyssa Galindo did it 20 minutes later in a game against Walden Grove at home.

It’s the second time this year that two high-scoring players from Tucson broke 1,000 on the same night. Galindo’s teammate Araceli Loya broke 1,000 point on Dec. 16 at Cholla while St. Augustine standout Andrew Reyna broke that mark across town about 25 minutes later.

It’s unique for two teammates to break 1,000 career points in the same year but shooting guard Alicia Reyes broke 1,000 on Dec. 8 to give the Warriors three members in the exclusive 1,000-point club.

“I was the third one from my team to get it this year,” Galindo said. “To me, that means it’s a team accomplishment. We all contribute. Our chemistry is good and this helps to portray Pueblo and our team in a good way.”

Siemons is a standout volleyball and basketball player at Catalina Foothills and her competitive spirit is easy to see when she takes the court – it’s almost contagious. Her road to 1,000 career points came much closer to the basket and she is on the verge of reaching 1,000 career rebounds as well.

“It’s a milestone that I definitely could not have done without my team,” Siemons explained. “It represents all the hard work I’ve put into my high school career and I hope to finish out these last few games as strong as possible. Even though this is a huge achievement, I’m still going to continue to put in work and continue to improve my game.”

As mentioned, Pueblo standouts Reyes and Loya broke 1,000 career points earlier this year as did Walden Grove’s Conner Verdugo, Duncan’s Christopher Corona, Sunnyside’s Mikey Silva and Reyna of St. Augustine.

Leila El-Ali of Canyon del Oro and Taylor Thompson of The Gregory School broke 1,000 during the winter break. The Gregory School standout Addison Mort broke 1,000 career points during the break also.

Sahuaro standout Elena Arriaga broke 1,000 last week.

(Andy Morales screen grab)

Here are the players who could still break a milestone this year:

GIRLS
Natalie Bartle, Junior: Ironwood Ridge 971

BOYS
Nick Rosquist, Senior: The Gregory School 1,929
Anthony Gaxiola, Junior: Tanque Verde 953

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 Najiyyah Pack, South Mountain (2,119) 2012-16
18 Sonia Bribiescas, Superior (2,109) 1984-1988
19 Paula Pyers, Santa Rita (2,082) 1980-1984
20 Theresa Wirth, Seton Catholic (2,080) 2007-2010
21 Kalie Matthes, O’Connor (2,068) 2008-2012
22 Camille Zimmerman, Tempe Prep (2,054) 2010-2014
23 Taneisha Gossett, Flowing Wells (2,043) 1990-1994

Southern Arizona Career Scoring Leaders: Girls
1 Julie Brase, Catalina Foothills (2,913) 1994-1998
5 Alexis Cortez, Tucson (2,479) 2012-2016
7 Olivia Snyder, Green Fields (2,382) 2009-2013
14 Sydni Stallworth, Palo Verde (2,182) 2011-2015
15 Shawn Coder, Willcox (2,162) 1986-1990
18 Paula Pyers, Santa Rita (2,082) 1980-1984
22 Taneisha Gossett, Flowing Wells (2,043) 1990-1994

Arizona Career Scoring Leaders: Boys (ABCA)
1 Corey Hawkins, Estrella Foothills (3,154) 2007-10
2 Mike Bibby, Shadow Mountain (3,002) 1993-96
3 Terrell Stoglin, Santa Rita (2,901) 2009-13
4 Jerryd Bayless, St. Mary’s (2,888) 2004-07
5 Daniel Bejarano, North (2,642) 2007-10
6 Chuck Overton, Cholla (2,535) 1989-92

Southern Arizona Career Scoring Leaders: Boys
1 Terrell Stoglin, Santa Rita (2,901) 2009-13
2 Chuck Overton, Cholla (2,535) 1989-92
3 Deron Johnson, Sunnyside (2,108) 1984-89
4 Jermaine Watts, Sunnyside (2,055) 1990-94
5 Tim Derksen, Amphitheater (1,979) 2008-12
6 Nick Rosquist, The Gregory School (1,929) 2013-17

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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 AZPreps365.com. Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com

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