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11 Makenzie Willis drives to the basket for two of her 14 points in the third quarter of the championship game. 11 Makenzie Willis drives to the basket for two of her 14 points in the third quarter of the championship game. Photo by Ron Williams

Semifinals and finals played Saturday

The AIA Division 1A basketball tournament played their semifinals and finals games yesterday at the Findlay Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.  Starting with the title games  and the semifinal games that got the teams to the championship game. 

1A Girls Championship
Score by Quarters - 1    2    3    4  - T
#6 Mogollon             7   17  18  14 - 56
#2 Baboquivari       17  10    9     6 - 42

The Mogollon Mustangs knocked off the top two seeds in one day to win the 1A division girls state championship over the Baboquivari Warriors 56-42. It is their first girls basketball championship in school history. Three Mustangs finished in double figures. Lauren Hancock led all scorers with 17 points.  Jilliana Maner tossed in 14 points, and Makenzie Willis added 12 points.

Mogollon coach Jim Maner said, "That is definitely something to be proud of." When asked to sum up the title game, coach Maner added, "We worked very hard for this. I am so proud of the girls, some of them have been I have coached for years, including my daughter." 

Playing your second game of the day with eight players proved to be to much to ask for the Baboquivari Warriors to overcome. The Warriors (31-2) started out true to form, jumping on top 17-5 with a minute left in the opening quarter.

A quarter ending basket by the Mustangs started something that would continue into the second quarter.

The Warriors lead dwindled to just three points, 27-24 at the half. Coach Maner said this about trailing at the half. "We went to halftime knowing we needed to make some adjustments. My coaching staff did a great job coming up with a plan that really paid off for us. The other thing I knew is that we had a big advantage with such a deep bench."  The fatigue factor did show as the game progressed. 

In the second half the Mustangs were able to catch Baboquivari, finally tying the game at 30 with 5:52 left in the third quarter. Mogollon led 42-36 after three quarters, as it became more evident that the fatigue factor was wearing on the Warriors.

Each quarter the Warriors were able to score less. Mustangs junior Jilliana Maner said, "We knew defense was going to win the game andafter the first quarter, we played a lot better." 

The Mustangs kept on rolling, to a 14 point win, outscoring the Warriors 32-15 in the second half, while making an amazing 14-16 from the charity stripe. Baboquivari pulled within six, 48-42 with 4:25 on the clock, but were unabkle to find the basket for the remainder of the game.

Lauren Hancock, one of six seniors, said in regards to the day, "We have played in so many tournaments, a lot of two games in one day, so it really did not bother us. We played Rock Point in December, and actiually beat them by one point. So we knew what to expect from them."  About winning the first school championship in girls basketball, Hancock said, "Winning the title is amazing! We worked so hard and to finally achieve this, I am just really happy for our team and our coaches and the school. I feel really blessed and thankful. This is our second championship win this year, as we won the volleyball title, so two in one year is pretty amazing."

After dropping their first two games of the season, Mogollon ended the year winning the last 17 games. The #2 Baboquivari Warriors, ends a great season at (31-2), and the 1A state champion Mogollon Mustangs end at (28-4).


1A Boys Championship
Score by Quarters -       1    2    3    4  - T
#4 Ray                            10  11 18  12 - 51
#2 The Gregory School 28 17  24  10 - 79

Tomari Harris scored 28 points to lead The Gregory School Hawks to a 79-51 win in the Division 1A boys championship over the Ray Bearcats. The Hawks repeat as 1A boys state champions.

Ray led 6-5 nearly three minutes into the contest, but the Hawks took advantage of some turnovers and heated up on the offensive end.
The Gregory School went on a 25-4 run in the final 5:08 of the opening quarter to lead 28-10.

Ray scored six of the first eight points in the second quarter to trim their deficit to 30-16. The fouls on Ray began to mount, putting the Hawks in the bonus with 4:54 left in the half. The Gregory School finished converting 26 of 31 free throws in the game.

Ray was able to put together a 5-0 run to get within 41-21, but the Hawks led 45-21 at the half.

The final two quarter leads by The Gregory School ranged between 24 and 32 points.
Both coaches took the opportunity to play their benches as the final quarter started at 69-39.

Stone Patterson led the Bearcats with 25, Jaden Pace tossed in 11. Along with Harris's 28, Anderson Mort had 16, and Josiah Prior had 13 points for The Gregory School, who finish at (29-4). Runner-up Ray ends at (19-12).


1A Girls - Semifinals
Score by Quarters - 1    2    3    4  - T
#8 Mogollon             8   19  17   5 - 49
#1 Rock Point           8   21    8   7 - 44

The first game of the day was an upset as the number one seeded Rock Point Cougars fell the Mogollon Mustangs 49-44. It was the second time that the Mustangs beat the Cougars. Back in December Mogollon beat rock Point 51-50.

Jilliana Marer scored 16 points, and Makenzie Willis added 13.

The top seeded Rock Point Cougars finish at (21-4), while Mogollon (27-4) will play in the championship game.


Score by Quarters - 1    2    3    4  - T
#11Red Mesa         10    6   9   16  - 41
#2 Baboquivari       15  15  17   11 - 58

The Baboquivari Warriors moved onto the championship game by knocking off the Red Mesa Redskins 58-41.

A three pointer as the first quarter ended helped propel Warriors went on a 13-2 run early in the second quarter to pull away from Red Mesa 25-12 with 5:51 left in the second. Both teams struggled to score the remainder of the half, with the Warriors on top 30-16.
The lead grew to 47-25 after three. 47-30 due to RM press

Autumn Nelson led the Warriors with 19 points,, while Susie Garcia added 14.

Red Mesa, the #11 seed ends a good season at (18-11), while the Warriors of Baboquivari (31-1), move into the title game.


1A Boys - Semifinals
Score by Quarters - 1   2   3   4 - T
#8 Mogollon           14   7  12   8 - 41
#4 Ray                     16   6  13 16 - 51

The Ray Bearcats beat the Mogollon Mustangs 51-41 to clinch a spot in the 1A championship game. It was a see-saw contest through the first six minutes of the contest. Ray  went up 16-11, but Mogollon tied the game at 18 midway through the second quarter. A Mustangs turnover led to to a basket at the buzzer by Storm Patterson to give the Bearcats a 22-21 lead at the half.

Down 33-23 Mogollon closed the gap to 33-31 at the end of the third. Ray still held the lead at 39-36 with 4:51, outscoring the Mustangs 12-5 down the strectch for the win. Stone Patterson led the Bearcats with 19. Alex Bravo added 13.

Mogollon was led by Noble Tenney with 20 points, ends their at (18-8), while Ray moves on at (19-12).

Score by Quarters -        1   2   3   4 - T
#3 Fort Thomas              9   9  12 18 - 48
#2 The Gregory School 12 14 17   8 - 51

The Gregory School (28-4) held on to beat the Fort Thomas Apaches 51-48. The Apaches rallied to pull within three with under a minute to play, after trailing by 13 after three quarters. After Demari Harris missed a second free throw with :12 left, Fort Thomas had one last chance. Facing an intense defense, Cameron Anderson put up a shot that bounced off the rim as the buzzer sounded.

It was a slow start for both teams, as midway throuygh the first quarter, the Hawks led 7-3. The Apaches pulled within three afte one quarter after falling behind 12-3.

The Hawks lead dwindled to one twice, 17-16 and 19-18, before going on a 7-0 run to lead 26-18 at the half. The Gregory School led 43-33 with 5:50 left, but Fort Thomas battled back. The Apaches missed out of some big chances to get closer sooner, missingsome key free throws, but manages to get within one possession in the final minute. Each team turned the ball over before the final free throws and shot that ended the game.

Brad Johnson led the Apaches (24-9) with 19 points before fouling out. Tamari Harris and Demari Harris each scored 15 leading the Hawks to the title game.

2A Boys Championship at Gila River Arena

Scottsdale Christian 72, Alchesay 41

Top seed Scottsdale Christian finishes at (25-5), while #2 Alchesay ends at (33-3)

2A Girls Championship at Gila River Arena

Alchesay 40, Scottsdale Christian 36

#6 Alchesay (26-7) pulled of a mild upset of #4 Scottsdale Christian (26-5)

3A Boys Championship at Gila River Arena

Valley Christian 57, Pusch Ridge 44

Valley Christian, the #2 seed (27-5) turned the game around in the second quarter to come back and beat the Pusch Ridge Lions to take the 3A boys title. Pusch Ridge, the #5 seed ends their season at (326-5).VC 2 PR 5

3A Girls Championship at Gila River Arena

Page 46, Holbrook 33

The #2 seed Page (27-4), outscored the Roadrunners in each quarter on their way to the title. Holbrook, the #4 seed ends a very good season at (26-5).

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