Catalina Foothills continues success under new coach; Holds on to beat Ironwood Ridge

Reilly Clark passes away from Keelie George as legendary Cleo Robinson officiates. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


Catalina Foothills improved to 2-0 on the year after holding on to beat Ironwood Ridge 49-36 at home Friday night. The Falcons beat Casa Grande 60-44 on Wednesday but the victory over the Nighthawks proved more difficult as the game went on due to a late run that almost turned the game.

The Falcons took an early 15-2 lead but the Nighthawks battled back to cut the deficit down to 20-15 thanks to a 3 from Amy Senkerik to end the first half and a bucket from Keelie George to start the third quarter. That first surge was turned back with a shot from Allie Cartier and six straight points from Katie Burns. As the quarter was coming to an end, Reilly Clark stepped to the line and made two free throws and the Falcons regained a commanding 32-18 lead.

Ironwood Ridge could have folded at that point but the team had two more runs in them with the first fueled by a couple of bombs from Aspyn Nelson and the Nighthawks narrowed the margin down to 32-29 with 5:14 left. Clark pushed her team back u 36-29 but George forced the issue and the lead was cut back down to 37-34 with 3:18 left…..


Aspyn Nelson (L) and Keelie George pressure Allie Carrier. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)



Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. 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 AZPreps365.com. 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. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019 and he is a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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