Sahuaro junior forward Alyssa Brown broke her own school scoring record a little more than two months after passing her sister’s record mark.
Brown, 6-foot-1, led Sahuaro (23-1, 8-0 4A Kino) to a 71-39 win over visiting Casa Grande tonight by scoring 45 points, which tops the record 44 she produced in an 85-49 win over Tanque Verde on Dec. 3. Brown also had seven rebounds and seven steals tonight.
That scoring total two months ago broke the previous record held by her sister, former Sahuaro standout Sydney Harden. Sydney had 42 points for Sahuaro against Palo Verde in the 2014-15 season.
Brown, at 1,950 points in her career, is now only 50 points shy of reaching 2,000 points with one regular season game and a playoff schedule remaining this season and all of next season ahead.
The pursuit for 3,000 career points for Brown will be a historic one next season. No player from Southern Arizona has reached 3,000 points. Julie Brase, Lute Olson’s granddaughter, holds the local career scoring record with 2,913 points from 1994-98.
Brown has 788 points this season, which is close to topping Olivia Snyder of Green Fields for the most by a local player on record in a season. Snyder had 821 points in 2012-13. The state record is 929 points by Brittney Strummer of Scottsdale Coronado in 2005-06.
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