Sahuaro comes up with impressive win at Palo Verde

Zionn Sandoval goes in for two of his game-high 18 points. (Andy Morales/


Sahuaro picked up an impressive win on the road Monday night to move to 6-6 overall and 5-4 in power-ranking games. The 54-44 win at Palo Verde (9-2, 7-1) should come in handy when the first AIA rankings are released Tuesday. Under the current playoff rules for the 4A Conference, teams ranked 9-24 will take part in a play-in tournament scheduled for Feb. 8 so the top-24 is what most teams are aiming for.

Palo Verde led 11-9 after one and the close score became the perfect scenario for a minor upset in the making. The Titans were unable to shake free and the Cougars took control in the second quarter to go into the locker room up 27-19.


SAH: 9-18-9-18: 54
PV: 11-8-11-14: 44

SAH: K. Potter 4 4-4 2-3pt. (14); E. Blackwell 5 1-2 3pt (12); K. Poe 4 4-6 (12); Z. Bates 3 1-2 3pt. (8); K. Hubbuch 2 2-2 (6); S. Heslep 1 0-1 (2): 19 12-17 4-3pt. (54)
PV: Z. Sandoval 7 4-6 (18); J. Thomas 3 4-6 (10); D. Rollins 4 0-1 (8); D. Johnson 2 (4); T. Fernander 2 (4); I. Fiddler 0-1 (0).


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 is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at


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