Sahuaro High School senior forward Alyssa Brown, the best overall talent in Southern Arizona girls basketball history, concluded her career with 2,680 points, ranking No. 2 in the state.
Brown finished strongly in March to reach that plateau, a driving force that led the Cougars to a 4A state semifinal appearance. She is the Jet Sports Training March Female Athlete of the Month.
Brown finished with 29 points in Sahuaro’s 51-46 loss to Salpointe in the semifinals.
Brown’s 2,680 points are second in the state record books to former Catalina Foothills standout Julie Brase (Lute Olson’s granddaughter), who had 2,913 points from 1994-98.
Brown will continue her career at UNLV.
“Always taking a chance,” Brown said when asked what she will take from her experience at Sahuaro to Las Vegas. “I was the freshman on varsity who had huge shoes to fill from my older sisters. I have to play to myself, and I’m the only thing holding myself back.
“There’s been times where I scored less than what I usually score. I just have to push through it and take the chances and fight through the odds.”
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