Sahuaro’s Alyssa Brown, Arizona’s Madison Conner McDonald’s All-American nominees

Arizona freshman Madison Conner, who played the first half of her season at Chandler AZ Compass Prep, and Sahuaro senior Alyssa Brown were both selected as McDonald All-American nominees today.

Also nominated are former Sabino standouts Kiya Dorroh and Kamryn Doty, who were teammates of Conner with AZ Compass Prep.

The nominations mean they can be chosen as McDonald’s All-Americans.

The final team roster of 48 players will be named later this month. McDonald’s has made the decision to forego in-person games after consulting with health and safety experts regarding COVID-19 and will honor the 2021 class through a virtual celebration.

“This decision was made in the interest of protecting the health and safety of student athletes, their families and event staff,” a McDonald’s All-American Games press release states. “However, being named a McDonald’s All American is about so much more than the game; it is a once in a lifetime achievement for high school seniors.”

Conner, a sharpshooting guard, played in her first game with Arizona last weekend against Washington at McKale Center. She joined the team last month after meeting eligibility requirements to enroll at Arizona.

The Wildcats play in the Bay area this weekend, first at California on Friday.

Alyssa Brown is a McDonald’s All-American nominee (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Brown, who has signed a national letter of intent with UNLV, is one of the best girls basketball players to come out of Tucson.

With her 20 points last night in a 58-29 win over Palo Verde, Brown moved to No. 14 in career scoring in the state’s history. She is at 2,269 points.

She is the fourth leading scorer in Southern Arizona history.

Sahuaro (6-0) plays at Catalina Foothills (2-1) on Thursday night..

Arizona Girls Basketball Career Scoring Leaders

1Julie BraseCatalina Foothills1994-19982,913
2Alyssa BrownSahuaro2017-20212,680
3Kayla PedersenRed Mountain2003-20072,611
4Christina WirthSeton Catholic2001-20052,550
5Kayla MackenzieKellis2006-20102,515
6Ashley WirtzbergerYuma Catholic/Gila Bend2006-20102,505
7Alexis CortezTucson2012-20162,479
8Nicole PowellMountain Pointe1996-20002,478
9Shaylee GonzalesMesquite2014-20182,385
10Olivia SnyderGreen Fields2009-20132,382

Southern Arizona Girls Basketball Scoring Leaders

1Julie BraseCatalina Foothills1994-19982,913
2Alyssa BrownSahuaro2017-Present2,592
3Alexis CortezTucson2012-20162,479
4Olivia SnyderGreen Fields2009-20132,382
5Sydni StallworthPalo Verde2011-20152,182
6Shawn CoderWillcox1986-19902,162
7Paula PyersSanta Rita1980-19842,082
8Taneisha GossettFlowing Wells1990-19942,043


ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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