Jaya Nelson leads Salpointe past Marana

Jaya Nelson (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


Salpointe improved to 2-0 on the year after taking care of Marana 66-23 at home Thursday night. Senior wing Jaya Nelson led the way with a game-high 15 points despite limited playing due to substitutions and a running clock in the lopsided victory.

Nelson committed to Alderson Broaddus in the offseason and she is nearing 1,000 career points for the Lancers as the program’s top scorer over the last three years. Nelson is sitting at 873 points and she should reach that milestone in mid-February if the season continues.

Nelson scored the first nine points of the game and Salpointe led 21-5 after the first quarter and 42-12 at the half. Emma Rozelle scored the first eight points for the Tigers and she finished with a team-high 10. Salpointe led 62-18 after the third quarter….


Gabriella Salazar (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


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 and he is a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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