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GIRLS HOOPS: Tucson beat Maryvale 59-43 to open up region play

Only a sophomore, Ahidali Dehuelbes is one of Tucson’s leaders on the court. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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No. 13 Tucson beat No. 22 Maryvale 59-43 Thursday night at home to open up 6A Metro Region play for both squads. Tucson improved to 8-6 overall, 5-4 in power-ranking games and 1-0 in region play while Maryvale fell to 4-6, 4-3 and 0-1 in the Metro Region.

The Badgers were coming off a difficult 68-29 loss to No. 2 Pinnacle and the team rebounded nicely by taking an 18-0 lead over the Panthers to open the game and then went on to take a 35-16 lead to end the first half…..

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MAR: 0-16-12-15: 43
TUC: 18-17-20-4: 59

MAR: E. Parra: 4 3-6 2-3pt. (13); M. Demaih: 5 2-4 3pt. (13); A. Cortez: 2 9-17 (13); N. Cabanillas: 1 (2); K. Barrett 1 (2): 13 14-27 3-3pt. (43).
TUC: K. Stembridge: 5 2-2 (12); A. Bohn: 4 3-4 (11); S. Begay: 5 0-2 (10); A. Dehuelbes 4 3pt. (9); Jo. Lopez 2-3pt. (6); A. Contreras: 2 3pt. (5); A. Green 1 (2); Ja. Lopez: 2-2 (2); C. McLean 2-2 (2): 23 9-12 4-3pt. (59).

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he 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 is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com

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