Girl’s Division II State Championship
Round 2: Friday, Feb. 19 at Tucson
No. 13 Sahuaro 65, No. 4 Tucson 60
Quarterfinals: Tuesday, Feb. 23 at Gila River Arena
No. 13 Sahuaro vs. No. 5 Mesa, 2:30 p.m.
Survival is the key if a team wants to advance in the state playoffs and No. 13 Sahuaro did that not once against No. 4 Tucson on Friday night but six times. Six times. The Badgers battled back from large deficits six times but the Cougars held on for a 65-60 win to advance to the quarterfinal round of the Division II playoffs.
Sydney Harden scored seven of the her 14 points in the first quarter to help build 13-5 lead for Sahuaro (23-5) but Alexis Cortez hit a three and Alize McCormick hit another to erase that lead only to have Carina Mendoza and Elena Arriaga respond at the other end to give Sahuaro a 19-13 lead heading to the second….
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