Buena held off Pueblo 55-48; Victoria Cazares reached 1,000 career points and Alani Encinas scored 35

Victoria Cazares. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


Pueblo junior Victoria Cazares scored 32 points against Buena at home Friday night but the Warriors still fell 55-48 in a game that showcased another standout guard in Colt senior Alani Encinas. Encinas made seven 3-pointers on the night and she finished with 35 points. The Portland State commit was almost unstoppable.

Cazares entered the contest only needing six points to reach 1,000 career points and she passed that milestone on a 3 of her own with 15.7 seconds left in the first quarter. Cazares became the fifth Warrior to reach that mark in the last five years (Alicia Reyes, Araceli Loya, Ilyssa Galindo and Summer Fox) and she now has a shot at over 1,500….


NOTE: Amphitheater standout Mat’tanaya Vital also broke 1,000 career points this season. Patagonia senior Santiny Aguilar has 976 career points and Salpointe senior Kylee Callahan has 736.


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, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee and he earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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