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3A Basketball Playoffs: Sabino Boys & Girls advance to State Championships on Saturday

L-R: Ella Berg, Kiya Dorroh, Kamryn Doty, Kadie Healy & Lauryn Manion (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

3A GIRLS SEMIFINAL

In the Sabino victory, Ganado opened up a 7-1 lead after the Sabercats committed a few early transition turnovers but the Sabercats closed the first half on a short run despite missing five free throws and Ganado led 11-7 after one. Sabino standout Kiya Dorroh left the game with injury with 5:43 left in the half with the Sabercats down 11-9 and any momentum built up switched back to Ganado and the Hornets led 19-11 at the half….

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3A BOYS SEMIFINAL

Pablo Gutierrez hit a running shot to cut the Page lead down to 50-48 with 41.4 seconds left and then Gutierrez stole the ball and scored. He was injured on the play so Nate Ryedola stepped up and put Sabino up 51-50 with 22.5 seconds left. The Sand Devils ran the game clock down and Saenz blocked a 3-point shot and then hit two free throws for the 53-50 win….

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Cesar Saenz (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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)
No. 1 Sabino vs. No. 2 Page at Veterans, 6 p.m.

B Basketball Championship (3A)
No. 5 Sabino vs. No. 3 ALA-Queen Creek at Veterans, 8 p.m.

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