Down 10-5 to Canyon del Oro after the first quarter Thursday night, Ironwood Ridge used a 20-4 run to take control of the game, only to have the Dorados come within one shot of sending the game to overtime. A last-second shot by the Dorados glanced off the rim and the Nighthawks held on for a 56-53 win to push their overall record to 5-1 and 1-1 in power-ranking games….
Ironwood Ridge 56, Canyon del Oro 53
IRHS: 5-21-11-19: 56
CDO: 10-12-13-18: 53
IRHS: K. George: 6, 1-3, 2 3pt. (15); M. Holthaus: 4, 2-2 (10); B. Hamel: 3, 3-6, 3pt (10); K. Ruiz: 3, 2 3pt. (8); C. Finster: 3, 1-5 (7); L. Anderson: 3-4 (3); K. Heese: 1, 1-2 (3): 56.
CDO: T. Carter: 8, 8-8 3 3pt. (27); T. Falcone: 4, 3-4 3 3pt. (14); V. Castillo: 2, 3-4 (7); H. Morris 1 (2); P. Brumm: 1 (2); R. Romo: 1-2 (1).
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