Girls Basketball Spotlight: Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks

Conference: 5A

Division: Southern

Head coach: Daron Cross (fourth season at Ironwood Ridge after five years as Tucson High’s boys coach)

Assistants: Margie Cross and Sarina Scandaliato

Last Year: 17-12, state quarterfinalist

Ironwood Ridge is off to a 10-4 start after advancing to the state quarterfinals last year (Ironwood Ridge photo)


  • Amy Senkerik, 5-3, G, Sr., 4V
  • Annalise Holthaus, 5-11, F, Sr., 3V
  • Morgan Walter, 5-8, G, Sr., 3V
  • Lili Vigil-German, 5-5, F, Sr., 3V
  • Alexis Martinez, 5-10, F, Jr., 2V
  • Sidney Anderson, 5-9, G, So., 2V
  • Molly Walter, 5-11, F, So., 2V
  • Lillian Castillo, 5-7, G, So.
  • Katelyn Cano, 5-3, G, Fr.
  • Annika Chulick, 5-9, F, Fr.
  • Emelie DeGrood, 5-4, G, Sr.
  • Myla Elslager, 5-8, G, Fr.
  • Harper Tuffy, 5-6, G, So.

Noteworthy: Ironwood Ridge returns seven players from last year’s roster that made the state quarterfinals. … Daron Cross is 39-35 in his fourth season at Ironwood Ridge after coaching the Tucson boys team to a 75-65 record in five seasons (2013-18). … The Nighthawks are 10-4 after going 6-2 in two holiday tournaments in late December. … Sidney Anderson, only a sophomore, leads Ironwood Ridge averaging 18.5 points a game. … Annalise Holthaus, a daughter of Pima women’s coach Todd Holthaus, leads the Nighthawks with 8.4 rebounds a game. … Ben Chulick, the Arizona Bowl vice president of marketing and events who was the marketing director at Arizona for 10 years before that, has a daughter who is a freshman with the Nighthawks — Annika.

Coach’s comments: “Expectations are high this season to go further than we did last season.”

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