Tucson High School Sports

Catalina Foothills advances to the 5A state finals

Catalina Foothills guard Cody Blumenthal scoring a running layup (Troy Hutchison/AllSportsTucson.com)

During the 2019-20 high school basketball season Catalina Foothills made it to the 4A semifinals before losing to Salpointe, falling just short of its goal of making the championship game.

Thursday night, Catalina Foothills found itself back in the semifinals, but this time in the 5A state playoffs after moving up a level during the off-season. The Flacons took on Glendale Ironwood for the right to play in the championship game on Saturday.

After a fast start to the game, Catalina Foothills saw Ironwood battle back from a 20-point deficit, making it a nine-point game late in the fourth quarter. However, the Falcons were able to prevail, holding on to win 66-54, advancing to the school’s first-ever state championship game.

Catalina Foothills (18-1) will play Peoria Centennial (18-1) on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Gilbert Mesquite High School with the 5A state title on the line.

Falcons star center and future Arizona Wildcats walk-on Will Menaugh was on a mission against the Eagles. Even though they double-teamed him every time he touched the ball, Menaugh finished with an impressive 23 points while collecting several rebounds, establishing himself as the team’s focal point.

Here’s Menaugh talking about his team advancing to the championship game and discussing what this moment means for the program:

Although Menaugh led the team in scoring, it was guard Cody Blumenthal who controlled the game’s tempo. Every time Ironwood seemed to be going on a run or taking control of the momentum, Blumenthal calmed his team down and hit game-changing buckets when his squad needed it the most.

Blumenthal finished the game with 11 points and a handful of assists while helping lead the offense. Here he is talking about what it means to be going to the title game and discussing what the team needs to improve on before Saturday:

With the victory coach, Doug D’Amore becomes the first Foothills coach to lead the team to a state championship game. Here’s D’Amore talking about what the moment means for the school and discussing his team’s fight in the semifinal game:

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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writer Troy Hutchison hails from Tucson and is a lifelong Arizona Wildcats follower. He has been involved in sports journalism over the last two years while taking communications courses at Pima Community College.

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