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Playoffs: Sahuarita girls take second in 3A soccer; Baboquivari girls playing for 1A basketball championship

Sahuarita lost to Gilbert Christian 1-0 on Friday in the 3A state final held at Williams Field High School. This is the highest finish for Sahuarita (18-4-1) and the future looks bright with only one senior near the top of the stat sheet for the Mustangs.

Freshman Sam Wright had 34 goals, sophomore Lina Bracamonte had 32 and freshman Rylee Arrington finished with 30. Senior Alexia Irigoyen collected 15 assists. Freshman keeper Hayle Salcido finished with 70 saves.

Baboquivari (24-6) is headed to the 1A state final for the third year in a row. The Warriors will face Rock Point (24-4) Saturday at Prescott Valley. The Cougars made it to the semifinal round last year.

Salpointe and Catalina Foothills will be meeting in the playoffs for the third time in the last four years and the Lancers have had the upper hand….barely.

Salpointe beat Catalina Foothills 57-55 in the 4A semifinals in 2017 and Salpointe needed double overtime (77-71) to defeat Catalina Foothills in the quarterfinals in 2018. The two power-programs will meet once again on Tuesday, Feb. 25 with the winner advancing to the 4A state final on Saturday, Feb. 29.

Buena and Nogales lost in 5A boys action; Tanque Verde fell in 3A girls basketball play while top-seeded Sabino advances; Bisbee advances in 2A girls basketball; St. Augustine lost in 2A boys basketball but San Manuel remains alive and the Baboquivari boys lost in the 1A semifinals.

Soccer and basketball continues on Saturday.

FRIDAY, FEB. 21

G Soccer Championship (3A)
No. 3 Gilbert Christian 1, No. 8 Sahuarita 0

B Basketball Quarterfinals (4A/5A)
No. 2 Salpointe 82, No. 7 Buckeye 54
No. 3 Catalina Foothills 66, No. 6 Mesquite 62
No. 4 South Mountain 57, No. 5 Buena 43
No. 2 Ironwood 86, No. 10 Nogales 62

G Basketball Second Round (3A)
No. 1 Sabino 49, No. 16 Valley Christian 21
No. 6 Tuba City 66, No. 11 Tanque Verde 25

G Basketball First Round (2A)
No. 2 Bisbee 51, No. 15 Morenci 40

B Basketball First Round (2A)
No. 7 Camp Verde 70, No. 10 St. Augustine 44
No. 13 San Manuel 70, No. 4 Glendale Prep 65

B Basketball Semifinals (1A)
No. 1 Ft. Thomas 78, No. 4 Baboquivari 62

G Basketball Semifinals (1A)
No. 4 Baboquivari 63, No 8 Grand Canyon 44

SATURDAY, FEB. 22

G Basketball Championship (1A)
No. 4 Baboquivari vs. No. 2 Rock Point at Prescott Valley, 3:30 p.m.

G Soccer Semifinals (4A/5A)
No. 10 Ironwood Ridge vs. No. 6 Desert Mountain at Higley, 11 a.m.
No. 4 Catalina Foothills vs. No. 1 Prescott at Williams Field, 1 p.m.
No. 7 Salpointe vs. No. 3 Flagstaff at Williams Field, 11 a.m.

B Basketball Second Round (3A)
No. 12 Holbrook at No. 5 Sabino, 7 p.m.
No. 14 Pusch Ridge at No. 3 ALA-Queen Creek, 7 p.m.

G Basketball Quarterfinals (2A/4A)
No. 6 Mesquite at No. 3 Sahuaro, 7 p.m.
No. 10 Salpointe at No. 2 Shadow Mountain, 7 p.m.
No. 13 Rio Rico at No. 5 Flagstaff, 7 p.m.
No. 2 Bisbee vs. No. 10 St. Johns at Yavapai, 2:30 p.m.

B Soccer Semifinals (4A/5A)
No. 4 Arcadia vs. No. 1 Douglas at Mountain View, 11 a.m.
No. 4 Sunrise Mountain vs. No. 1 Sunnyside at Mountain View, 1 p.m.

B Basketball Quarterfinals (2A)
No. 13 San Manuel vs. No. 5 Rancho Solano at Yavapai, 4 p.m
MONDAY, FEB. 24

G Basketball Quarterfinals (3A)
No. 1 Sabino vs. No. 8 Chinle at Prescott Valley, 5:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, FEB. 25

B Basketball Semifinals (4A)
No. 2 Salpointe 82 vs. No. 3 Catalina Foothills at TBD, 7 p.m.

B Basketball Quarterfinals (3A)
B Soccer Championships (4A/5A)
G Soccer Championships (4A/5A)

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. 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. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com


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