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HOOPS: Catalina Foothills & Salpointe to play another epic playoff battle

Steve Botkin has Sahuaro set for the quarterfinal round,. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

No. 3 Sahuaro beat No. 14 Fairfax 54-41 Wednesday night at home to advance to the 5A quarterfinal round to be played on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. Sahuaro (25-2) will host No. 11 Cienega (16-8)….

SAHUARO/FAIRFAX GAME STORY AT AZPreps365.com

….Catalina Foothills will host Salpointe on Saturday night for a shot at the semifinal round. The Falcons finished the season 17-1 in power-ranking games and the one loss was to Salpointe (66-62) at home on Feb. 1, two weeks after beating the Lancers 59-58 at Salpointe.

The Salpointe/Catalina Foothills rivalry heated up last year after the Lancers erased an 0-9 streak against the Falcons with a 57-55 overtime victory in the 4A semifinal round. The win streak against Salpointe dated back to January of 2012….

Sahuaro freshman Alyssa Brown. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 14

GIRLS 6A FIRST ROUND
No. 9 Tucson 43, No. 8 Red Mountain 30

GIRLS 5A FIRST ROUND
No. 3 Sahuaro 54, No. 14 Fairfax 41
No. 7 Sierra Linda 61, No. 10 Marana 30
No. 11 Cienega 57, No. 6 Apollo 50
No. 5 Arcadia 56, No. 12 Ironwood Ridge 26

BOYS 4A FIRST ROUND
No. 3 Catalina Foothills 55, No. 14 Peoria 38
No. 10 Nogales 50, No. 7 Palo Verde 42
No. 11 Salpointe 71, No. 6 Seton Catholic 62

BOYS 3A FIRST ROUND
No. 12 Empire 62, No. 21 Show Low 49
No. 10 Globe 69, No. 23 Sahuarita 56

BOYS 2A PLAY-IN TOURNAMENT
No. 13 Valley Sanders 80, No. 20 St. Augustine 61

FRIDAY, FEB. 16

BOYS 5A QUARTERFINALS
No. 10 Sahuaro at No. 2 Sunnyslope, 6:30 p.m.

GIRLS 4A QUARTERFINALS
No. 7 Cactus at No. 2 Pueblo, 6:30 p.m.
No. 9 Rio Rico at No. 1 Seton Catholic, 6:30 p.m.

GIRLS 3A SECOND ROUND
No. 7 Pusch Ridge vs. No. 10 Sabino, 6:30 p.m. (Amphi)
No. 9 Empire vs. No. 8 Chinle, 6:30 p.m. (Ganado)
No. 11 Tanque Verde at No. 6 Safford (EAC)

GIRLS 1A FIRST ROUND
No. 13 Grand Canyon vs. No. 4 Baboquivari, 1:30 p.m. (Prescott)
No. 14 Anthem Prep vs. No. 7 St. David, 4:30 p.m. (Bradshaw Mtn.)
No. 9 Rock Point vs. No. 8 Immaculate Heart, 9 a.m. (Yavapai)
No. 14 Bowie/San Simon vs. No. 3 Ray, 10:30 a.m.(Prescott)
No. 16 Gregory School vs. No. 1 Ft. Thomas, 7:30 p.m. (Prescott)

BOYS 1A FIRST ROUND
No. 16 Ash Fork vs. No. 1 Gregory School, 4:30 p.m. (Prescott)
No. 9 Patagonia vs. No. 8 Valley Lutheran, 9 a.m. (Bradshaw Mtn.)
No. 12 Baboquivari vs. No. 5 Williams, Noon (Prescott)

SATURDAY, FEB. 17

GIRLS 6A QUARTERFINALS
No. 9 Tucson at No. 1 Millennium, 6:30 p.m.

GIRLS 5A QUARTERFINALS
No. 11 Cienega at No. 3 Sahuaro, 6:30 p.m.

BOYS 4A QUARTERFINALS
No. 11 Salpointe at No. 3 Catalina Foothills, 6:30 p.m.
No. 10 Nogales at No. 2 Buckeye, 6:30 p.m.

BOYS 3A SECOND ROUND
No. 8 Sabino vs. No. 9 Page, 6:30 p.m.(Amphi)
No. 12 Empire vs. No. 5 Snowflake, 7:30 p.m. (Round Valley)

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