No. 1 Sabino is one round closer to fulfilling its goal of claiming a 3A state title after holding off No. 8 Chinle 52-49 in a quarterfinal game tonight at the Findlay Toyota Center at Prescott Valley.
The Sabercats (26-4) were led by junior forward Kiya Dorroh‘s 20 points. Fellow Division I prospect Kamryn Doty had all eight of her points in the fourth quarter, including two free throws with 18 seconds left for the final margin.
Sabino Girls advance to the State Semi Finals with a 52-49 win! pic.twitter.com/mLvaYjQci6
“Coach (Jaamal) Rhodes has talked to us about the main goal, which is to end up in the championship game,” Doty said during our High Shool Sports Preview Show in early December. “As long as we give it our all and everybody is together, as long we have the same goals and same mindset, we’re going to be fine.”
Kadie Healy added 14 points and Lauryn Manion finished with 10 tonight.
Kameron Doty hits the free throw to give Sabino a 52-49 lead 18 seconds left pic.twitter.com/fzdYns3yEx
Sabino has made it this far without one of the best point guards in the state at any classification — sophomore Kam’Ren Rhodes, the coach’s daughter — who has sat out most of the season after having knee surgery a month into the season.
“It means so much to advance on because we finally get a chance to make a stride,” Dorroh messaged me tonight.
Dorroh entered today averaging 15.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.3 steals a game.
“Tonight’s game was tough but it keeps us in check and focuses us for what the rest of the games will be like,” Dorroh mentioned.
Sabino will play No. 5 Ganado in the semifinals Friday at 6 p.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum. Ganado (26-6) beat No. 13 Snowflake 44-39 in another quarterfinal game today at Prescott.
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