Girls Basketball Spotlight: Pusch Ridge Christian Academy Lions

Conference: 3A

Region: South

Head coach: Lonnie Tvrdy (426-136, 20th varsity season at PRCA, 24th overall – coached at freshman/JV level).

Assistants: Jeremy Maas, Matt Ulrich, and Erin Honeycutt.

Last year: 20-8 (played in first round of 3A state playoffs)

Pusch Ridge’s Molly Garnand eclipsed 1,000 career points in Tuesday’s win over Florence (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)


  • 0 Molly Garnand, PF, Sr.
  • 3 Noelle Mulvanny, G, Fr.
  • 4 Sierra Gifford, SF, Jr.
  • 5 Nora Davenport, SG, So.
  • 12 Jazmyn Schrader, SG, Sr.
  • 14 Alexis Ferbeyre, G, Fr.
  • 20 Cadence Smeaton, SG, Jr.
  • 21 Vienna Elliott, C, Sr.
  • 24 Hannah Johnson, G, So.
  • 33 Sedona Dietrich, C, Jr.
  • 34 Sara NJoroge, SG, So.
  • 41 Chloe Rogers, G, So.

Noteworthy:  Molly Garnand, who reached 1,000 career points in the Hawks’ 55-20 win over Florence on Tuesday, committed to Westmont and is a four-year starter. … Vienna Elliott, niece of legendary Arizona basketball player Sean Elliott, is also a four-year starter and who has the potential to play volleyball in college. … Jazmyn Schrader is another senior who is one of Tvrdy’s top defensive players. … Tvrdy, who coached Pusch Ridge to four straight state titles from 2004-05 to 2007-08, is the second-leading coach in career victories in Southern Arizona behind Sahuaro’s Steve Botkin (608-189 in his 28th year). Tvrdy is 426-136 in his 20th season at the varsity level at Pusch Ridge. … The Lions are 8-7 this season.

Coach’s comment: “If we learn to play together with our seniors and our young players we have a chance to be a good team at the end of the year.  Our challenge is to learn to play with composure regardless of what is happening during a particular game.”

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