Sahuaro has not had the opportunity to honor junior forward Alyssa Brown for breaking the school’s career-scoring record, previously held by her sister, before tonight when the Cougars hosted Canyon del Oro.
Brown broke Sydney Harden’s record of 1,575 points when the Cougars defeated Buena on Dec. 28 in the championship game of the Flowing Wells Holiday Shootout.
The Cougars, 17-0 after the 88-28 win over the Dorados, played at Salpointe and Rio Rico before playing their first game at Sahuaro tonight since returning from the holiday break.
A ceremony was held before the game with Brown standing at the center of the court with coach Steve Botkin and her sisters Sydney and Olivia Harden. Sydney and Olivia are legendary Sahuaro players who are serving as Botkin’s assistant coaches.
Brown, who is being recruited by numerous Division I schools including Washington State, Penn State and Grand Canyon, scored 33 points against the Dorados to increase her career scoring total to 1,682 points.
With nine regular season games remaining in addition to the playoffs, Brown has a chance to crack 2,000 career points in only three seasons.
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