Sahuaro’s Alyssa Brown sixth player in state’s history to reach 2,500 points

Sahuaro forward Alyssa Brown became the sixth girls basketball player in Arizona history to reach 2,500 career points with her 34 points in a 79-8 victory over CDO on Tuesday night.

Brown, a 6-foot-1 forward bound for UNLV, has reached 2,525 career points with three regular season games remaining, including a return trip to face CDO on Wednesday night.

She moved to No. 4 on the Arizona career scoring list on Tuesday passing Ashley Wirtzberger (2,505 points from 2006-10 with Yuma Catholic and Gila Bend) and Kayla Mackenzie (2,515 from 2006-10 with Kellis).

Alyssa Brown’s game ball from tonight’s game signed by her teammates (Brown photos)

Ahead of her are former Catalina Foothills and Arizona standout Julie Brase (2,913 points from 1994-98), Red Mountain’s Kayla Pederson (2,611 points from 2003-07) and Seton Catholic’s Christina Wirth (2,550 points from 2001-05).

Pederson and Wirth went on to the WNBA after stellar college careers — Pederson at Vanderbilt and Wirth with Stanford.

Brase, Lute Olson’s granddaughter, went on to star at Arizona. She is now an assistant with the Phoenix Mercury.

Sahuaro, ranked No. 2 among 4A teams in the state, improved to 13-0 overall and 4-0 in the 4A Kino.

Seton Catholic, the No. 1-ranked team, lost its first game of the season on Tuesday, a 42-30 outcome against Hamilton.

Arizona Girls Basketball Career Scoring Leaders

1Julie BraseCatalina Foothills1994-19982,913
2Alyssa BrownSahuaro2017-20212,680
3Kayla PedersenRed Mountain2003-20072,611
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

Southern Arizona Girls Basketball Scoring Leaders

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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