Sabino girls advance in 3A state playoffs with first round win over ALA-Ironwood

AllSportsTucson.com staff member D’Andre Davis contributed to this report:

Amelie Buffill- Gutierrez led a balanced scoring effort for Sabino with 20 points in the Sabercats’ 66-31 win over visiting ALA-Ironwood in a 3A state playoff first-round game on Tuesday night.

Emma Wall finished with 16 points and Kadie Healey scored 14 of her 16 points in the first half for No. 11-seeded Sabino, which improved to 21-4.

Amelie Buffill-Gutierrez of Sabino in a game earlier this season against Pusch Ridge (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

No. 22 ALA-Ironwood (10-12) was led by Loanne Billon’s 16 points.

Sabino will play at No. 6 Whiteriver Alchesay (21-9) in a second-round game on Friday night at 7 p.m.

The Sabercats won the state title in 2019-20 with Jaamal Rhodes as head coach. Buffill-Gutierrez and Healey were part of that team.

Former Sunnyside coach James Jackson now leads the Sabercats’ program.

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