Flowing Wells Girls Holiday Shootout
Marshfield (Coos Bay, Oregon) beat Sahuaro 40-37 in overtime to win the Flowing Wells Holiday Shootout Friday night. Marshfield (10-0) is the reigning 4A state champion in Oregon and Sahuaro (15-1) is the top-ranked 4A team in Arizona.
The Cougars started off quickly with Alyssa Brown scoring 11 of her game-high 17 in the first half but Hailey Browning hit three 3-pointers in the second quarter to tie the game up at 13-13 with 2:37 left. Alyssa Franke hit a 3 of her own down the stretch and the Cougars went into the locker room with an 18-13 lead.
The Cougars had difficulty controlling the ball in the third quarter and the Pirates went on a 16-6 run to build a 29-24 lead with 6:55 left in the game. Sahuaro regrouped and Franke hit another 3 to give Sahuaro a 33-31 lead with 2:58 left. Both teams struggled from there but Browning hit a layup to tie the game up at 33-33 with 1:10 left and that score stood up to send the game to overtime where Lily Watson scored a quick bucket to give the Cougars a 35-33 lead with 3:43 left.
Brown fouled out of the game with 3:30 left and McKayla Myrand made two free throws to make it 35-35. Messiah Amon-Ra gave Sahuaro a 37-35 lead with 2:36 left on a put back off of a missed free throw only to have Gracie Brugnoli tie the game at other end by hitting two free throws with 1:42 left.
Tess Garrett put Marshfield up 39-37 with 1:22 left and then Garrett made it 40-37 with a free throw with 7.7 seconds left for the final.
In all, Browning hit four 3’s and ended with 14 points to help lead Marshfield while Garrett added 12 and Myrand scored eight. Brown had her 17 to lead Sahuaro and Franke finished with 14. Browning, Garrett, Brown and Franke were name to the All-Tournament Team.
Marshfield will return to Oregon where the team will take on North Marion (Aurora, Oregon) on Jan. 2 while Sahuaro has a bit more of a break before traveling to play Canyon del Oro on Jan. 8 in a 4A Kino battle. Former Sabino assistant and head football coach Doug Holland was a principal at Coos Bay and the Marshfield team stayed at Holland’s home in Tucson.
Thursday, Dec. 27
Pueblo 53, Empire 50
Sahuaro 75, Amphitheater 30
Sunnyside 59, Buena 54
Marana 50, Catalina Foothills 31
Thatcher 52, Desert Christian 34
Marshfield (OR) 53, Palo Verde 36
Rincon/UHS 69, Nogales 67 (3 OT)
Flowing Wells 49, Kofa 47
Buena 68, Empire 49
Desert Christian 45, Amphitheater 30
Pueblo 42, Sunnyside 38
Sahuaro 68, Thatcher 39
Palo Verde 46, Nogales 40
Catalina Foothills 42, Kofa 20
Flowing Wells 39, Marana 35
Marshfield 45, Rincon/UHS 43
Friday, Dec. 28
Nogales 52, Empire 43
Rincon/UHS 59, Sunnyside 4
Amphitheater 43, Kofa 39
Marana 50, Thatcher 40
Buena 51, Palo Verde 42
Catalina Foothills 42, Desert Christian 32
Empire 72, Kofa 59
Thatcher 56, Sunnyside 36
Palo Verde 48, Desert Christian 37
Buena 62, Catalina Foothills 28
Marshfield 49, Pueblo 45.
Sahuaro 79, Flowing Wells 20
Pueblo 53, Flowing Wells 40
Marshfield 40, Sahuaro 37 (OT)
Hailey Browning, Marshfield
Tess Garrett, Marshfield
Alyssa Brown, Sahuaro
Alyssa Franke, Sahuaro
Summer Fox, Pueblo
Milinda Arguellez, Flowing Wells
Anabella Muscoreil, Marana
Loraya Rocha, Rincon/University
Brooklyn Angle, Thatcher
Jaslyn Booker, Buena
Emily Chua, Catalina Foothills
Czarina Mada, Nogales
Aaliyah Ortiz, Palo Verde
Emily Shreeves, Empire
Mattanaya Vital, Amphitheater
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