HOLIDAY HOOPS: Tucson wins Cactus Classic

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The Marana girls lost to Redmond (WA) 56-34 in the championship game of the Maryvale Cactus Jam on Saturday.

Lauren Green (RM Holiday)

Cienega standout center Lauren Green was named to the Red Mountain Holiday Hoops Class All-Tournament Team.

Pita Chavez (Andy Morales/

Tucson improved to 15-3 on the year thanks to a 4-0 run through the Tucson Cactus Classic held at Pusch Ridge and Desert Christian. The Bobcats beat Tanque Verde 44-21 in the championship game on Saturday night.

Pita Chavez scored 23 points to lead all scorers. The senior guard was named the Tournament MVP for her efforts. Chavez was also named the MVP of the preseason Scorpion Shootout played at Desert Edge High School.

“We came in this year without a big name on our team which means everyone shares the ball and has a chance to do well,” Chavez said. “I knew I was going to be the leader because I’m the point guard but earning MVP honors is something I wasn’t expecting. This is for my team.”

Kiya Dorroh scored six points to lead Tanque Verde.

Chavez and Dorroh earned All-Tournament status as did Ella Berg (Tanque Verde), Rachel Obedin (Tucson), Ashlyn Bohn (Tucson), Loraya Rocha (Rincon/UHS), Cherish Gotcher (Pusch Ridge), Angel Addleman (Pusch Ridge), Anneleissa Lugay (Notre Dame) and Jada Golding (Coconino).

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Tucson Cactus Classic
Desert Christian 30, Coolidge 20
Pusch Ridge 48, Notre Dame 41
Rincon/UHS 36, Coconino 30

Tucson 44, Tanque Verde 21

Addison Mort (Andy Morales/


Tucson Cactus Classic
Desert Christian 55, Benson 47
Gregory School 64, Pusch Ridge 47

Mesilla Valley Christian 44, Scottsdale Prep 38

Ella Berg (Andy Morales/


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at


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