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Basketball Playoffs: Sahuaro girls to play for 4A state championship; Alyssa Brown scores 29

Alyssa Brown scored 29 points to help lead No. 3 Sahuaro past No. 2 Shadow Mountain 64-59 Wednesday night at Shadow Mountain. The Cougars will face No. 1 Seton Catholic Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Stadium in Phoenix.

Brown is only nine points away from passing former Santa Rita standout Paula Pyers on the career scoring list for Southern Arizona and she’s No. 27 on the Arizona list.

Southern Arizona Career Scoring Leaders: Girls

1 Julie Brase, Catalina Foothills (2,913) 1994-1998
2 Alexis Cortez, Tucson (2,479) 2012-2016
3 Olivia Snyder, Green Fields (2,382) 2009-2013
4 Sydni Stallworth, Palo Verde (2,182) 2011-2015
5 Shawn Coder, Willcox (2,162) 1986-1990
6 Paula Pyers, Santa Rita (2,082) 1980-1984
7 Alyssa Brown, Sahuaro (2,073) 2017-Present
8 Taneisha Gossett, Flowing Wells (2,043) 1990-1994

Arizona Career Scoring Leaders: Girls

1 Julie Brase, Catalina Foothills (2,913) 1994-1998
2 Kayla Pedersen, Red Mountain (2,611) 2003-2007
3 Christina Wirth, Seton Catholic (2,550) 2001-2005
4 Ashley Wirtzberger, Yuma Catholic/Gila Bend (2,505) 2006-2010
5 Alexis Cortez, Tucson (2,479) 2012-2016
6 Nicole Powell, Mountain Pointe (2,478) 1996-2000
7 Shaylee Gonzales, Mesquite (2,385) 2014-2018
8 Olivia Snyder, Green Fields (2,382) 2009-2013
9 Alyssa Wahl, Cibola (2,366) 1999-2003
10 Wendy Woudenberg, Scottsdale Christian (2,295) 2001-2005
11 Haley Cavinder, Gilbert (2,282) 2016-2019
12 Marie Folsom, Corona del Sol (2,270) 1990-1994
13 Desirae Gonzalez, Kingman (2,255) 2012-2016
14 Brooke Jackson, Mesa Mountain View (2,250) 2003-2007
15 Lindsey VanAllen, Mesquite (2,249) 2014-2018
16 Janae Gonzales, Sierra Linda (2,204) 2014-2018
17 Hanna Cavinder, Gilbert (2,191) 2016-2019
18 Dymond Simon, St. Mary’s (2,189) 2002-2006
19 Sydni Stallworth, Palo Verde (2,182) 2011-2015
20 Shawn Coder, Willcox (2,162) 1986-1990

21 Amy Showers, Camp Verde (2,161) 2001-2005
22 Bryce Nixon, Arcadia (2,122) 2014-2018
23 Najiyyah Pack, South Mountain (2,119) 2012-2016
24 Sonia Bribiescas, Superior (2,109) 1984-1988
25 Paula Pyers, Santa Rita (2,082) 1980-1984
26 Theresa Wirth, Seton Catholic (2,080) 2007-2010
27 Alyssa Brown, Sahuaro (2,073) 2017-Present
28 Kalie Matthes, O’Connor (2,068) 2008-2012
29 Camille Zimmerman, Tempe Prep (2,054) 2010-2014
30 Taneisha Gossett, Flowing Wells (2,043) 1990-1994
31 Taylor Chavez, Valley Vista (2,012) 2014-2018

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26

G Basketball Semifinals (4A)
No. 3 Sahuaro 64, No. 2 Shadow Mountain 59

FRIDAY, FEB. 28

G Basketball Semifinals (3A)
No. 1 Sabino vs. No. 5 Ganado at Veterans, 6 p.m.

B Basketball Semifinals (3A)
No. 5 Sabino vs. No. 1 Page at Veterans, 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, FEB. 29

G Basketball Championship (4A)
No. 3 Sahuaro vs. No.1 Seton Catholic at Veterans, 10 a.m.

B Basketball Championship (4A)
No. 2 Salpointe vs. No. 1 Peoria at Veterans, noon

G Basketball Championship (3A 6 p.m.)
B Basketball Championship (3A 8 p.m.)

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