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Sahuaro’s Alyssa Brown breaks own school record with 47 points


Sahuaro star forward Alyssa Brown scored 47 points in an 85-55 win at Catalina Foothills on Thursday night to break her own school record of 45 points.

Brown made 16 of 25 shots from the field, including 4 of 4 from 3-point range and also produced 15 rebounds against Catalina Foothills.

“I was just playing with the rhythm of the game and I didn’t know until after I was pulled out,” Brown mentioned about learning about breaking her record.

Brown had 45 points in a win over Casa Grande last season on Feb. 6, 2020. The school record before that of 42 points was held by her sister, former standout Sydney Harden, who produced that amount against Palo Verde in the 2014-15 season.

Alyssa Brown (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

“As a team, we shared the ball really well tonight scoring 85 points,” Sahuaro coach Steve Botkin said. “Alyssa had a terrific all-around game.”

Brown, who earlier on Thursday learned she is a McDonald’s All-American nominee, also had three assists and three steals.

Her 47 points moves her to No. 11 on the state career scoring chart with 2,316 points, only 50 from No. 10 Alyssa Wahl, who scored 2,366 at Cibola from 1999-2003.

She is fourth in Southern Arizona history trailing No. 3 Olivia Snyder of Green Fields by 66 points. Snyder had 2,382 points from 2009-13.

Sahuaro (7-0) hosts eastside rival Sabino on Friday night.

Arizona Girls Basketball Career Scoring Leaders

No.PlayerSchoolYearsPoints
1Julie BraseCatalina Foothills1994-19982,913
2Kayla PedersenRed Mountain2003-20072,611
3Alyssa BrownSahuaro2017-Present2,592
4Christina WirthSeton Catholic2001-20052,550
5Kayla MackenzieKellis2006-20102,515
6Ashley WirtzbergerYuma Catholic/Gila Bend2006-20102,505
7Alexis CortezTucson2012-20162,479
8Nicole PowellMountain Pointe1996-20002,478
9Shaylee GonzalesMesquite2014-20182,385
10Olivia SnyderGreen Fields2009-20132,382
11Alyssa WahlCibola1999-20032,366
12Wendy WoudenbergScottsdale Christian2001-20052,295
13Haley CavinderGilbert2016-20192,282
14Marie FolsomCorona del Sol1990-19942,270
15Desirae GonzalezKingman2012-20162,255
16Brooke JacksonMesa Mountain View2003-20072,250
17Lindsey VanAllenMesquite2014-20182,249
18Janae GonzalesSierra Linda2014-20182,204
19Hanna CavinderGilbert2016-20192,191
20Dymond SimonSt. Mary’s2002-20062,189
21Sydni StallworthPalo Verde2011-20152,182
22Shawn CoderWillcox1986-19902,162
23Amy ShowersCamp Verde2001-20052,161
24Bryce NixonArcadia2014-20182,122
25Najiyyah PackSouth Mountain2012-20162,119

Southern Arizona Girls Basketball Scoring Leaders

No.PlayerSchoolYearsPts
1Julie BraseCatalina Foothills1994-19982,913
2Alyssa BrownSahuaro2017-Present2,592
3Alexis CortezTucson2012-20162,479
4Olivia SnyderGreen Fields2009-20132,382
5Sydni StallworthPalo Verde2011-20152,182
6Shawn CoderWillcox1986-19902,162
7Paula PyersSanta Rita1980-19842,082
8Taneisha GossettFlowing Wells1990-19942,043


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