Tucson High School Sports

Flowing Wells defeats Canyon View in first round of 5A state playoffs

Led by strong second half performances by sophomore guards MiLinda Arguellez and sophomore Leamsi Acuña, the No. 5 seed Flowing Wells Lady Caballeros defeated the No. 12 seed Waddell Canyon View Jaguars 59-45 in the first round of the 5A state playoffs.

Arguellez scored 15 points while Acuña added nine in the second half, which belonged to Flowing Wells after the Lady Cabs led 27-26 at halftime.

In the first possession of the third quarter, Acuña hit a 3-pointer, followed by a 3-pointer by Arguellez on the next offensive possession.  Later in the quarter, Acuña hit another one from behind the arc, putting the Lady Caballeros up 43-31 with 2:52 remaining in the quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Flowing Wells’ defensive intensity led to layups and free throws on the other end of the court, helping to guide coach Michael Perkins’ team to a double-digit victory. 

MiLinda Arguellez scored 15 of her 20 points in the second half (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Flowing Wells started the game focused on getting the ball inside to sophomore Sydney Lomeli-Capen in the post, where she scored six points in the first quarter.

Sophomore wing Navine Mallon added seven points, putting the Lady Caballeros up 17-11 at the end of the opening quarter. 

Canyon View got into the bonus early in the second quarter which helped them keep the game close at the free-throw line. Canyon View’s sophomore guard Ella Seymour hit three straight 3-pointers propelling an 11-4 Canyon View run with 3:06 left in the quarter that cut into Flowing Wells’ 19-11 lead.

Arguellez was the game’s leading scorer with 20 points, Lomeli-Capen added 12 points in the paint, Mallon scored 11 points, and Acuña finished with 10 points.

Flowing Wells (13-3) plays next on Friday at No. 4 seed Cactus Shadows (15-3) in the 5A state quarterfinals.

Flowing Wells coach Michael Perkins is seeking his fifth trip to the state semifinals in his coaching career (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)


ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writing intern Kevin Murphy was born and raised in Tucson, and has followed Arizona Wildcats athletics since childhood.  He is currently attending Pima Community College where he writes for the Aztec Press. Next semester he will be attending the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU where he will work towards a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies. 

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