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Sahuaro standout Lucky Franke reaches 1,000 career points in crucial win over Salpointe

Lucky Franke celebrates at mid court with her coach, Steve Botkin, and her teammates. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Sahuaro standout Alyssa “Lucky” Franke scored 18 points against Salpointe Tuesday night to help move the team to 6-0 in the 4A Kino Region. The 64-44 victory should be enough to keep Sahuaro (21-1) ranked in the top three in the 4A Conference.

No. 10 Salpointe fell to 18-5 overall and 5-2 in region play, still secure for a playoff run with four game left in the regular season.

Franke broke 1,000 career points with a 3-pointer in the second quarter. Franke score 10 in the first and fellow junior Alyssa Brown scored nine to pace the Cougars to an early 23-9 lead. It was a lead the Lancers were unable to overcome the rest of the way despite 12 points from Achol Magot, nine from Brianna Arizmendi and seven from Jaya Nelson.

As is customary, Sahuaro called a timeout to recognize Franke and her head coach Steve Botkin handed her a game ball at mid court.

Brown finished with 34 points to keep her average at 30.4 points per outing. Brown now has 1,830 career points with four regular season games remaining. It is conceivable that Brown might break 2,000 career points this season. If she does, she will join 30 others in the history of Arizona to do so and the eighth from Southern Arizona.

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