Hoops: Amphitheater & Walden Grove split games

(Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


Southern Arizona is known for doubleheaders in the spring but the cloud of COVID forced some creative scheduling in the winter season with multiple programs pairing up basketball games at the same venue and that was the case Thursday night with Walden Grove traveling to Amphitheater. The boys took to the hardwood first with Walden Grove pulling away for a 50-39 victory and the Amphitheater girls returned the favor with a 50-40 win in the nightcap. Coincidentally, the two schools met at Walden Grove Monday night with the nearly same results.

Walden Grove beat Amphitheater 48-47 Monday and it looked like the Panthers were ready to avenge that loss after jumping out to a 10-2 lead but that was one of five similar leads to fade away in the game with the last coming in the fourth quarter.

Down 33-31, Michael Hitchings and Gavin Moses hit back-to-back 3’s to give the Panthers a 37-33 with 6:05 left but the Red Wolves went on a massive 17-2 run the rest of the way to pull off the improbable 50-39 final…



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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