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Buena beat Ironwood Ridge 61-44; Michael Edwards picks up 100th win; April Martinez, Autumn Nelson & Kamryn Doty break 1,000 career points

Buena head coach Cole Colvin. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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Buena went from 0-26 in 2016 to a serious contender in the 5A state race this spring and it was an impressive climb. The Colts finished that winless year ranked last at 53rd under first-year coach Cole Colvin but the team made a huge jump to 27th in 2017 and a playoff spot came in 2018 with a No. 24 ranking. Then came 2019…..

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Daron Cross is in his first year at Ironwood Ridge. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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Tanque Verde girls basketball coach Michael Edwards picked up his 100th career win at Douglas last Friday. The Hawks are 17-4 and the team is ranked No. 5 in the 3A Conference as of Tuesday morning.

Rio Rico junior April Martinez broke 1,000 career points in a 52-30 win over Douglas Tuesday night. Her senior teammate Luisayde Chavez broke 1,500 career points.

Baboquivari senior Autumn Nelson broke 1,000 career points last Thursday against Tombstone. The No. 2 Warriors have back-to-back 1A state runner-up finishes.

Autumn Nelson (Team Photo)

Sabino standout Kamryn Doty broke 1,000 career points to help keep the Sabercats at 8-0 in power0ranking games.

Sahuaro junior Lucky Franke has 923 career points and she is on target to break 1,000 in late January.

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