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Buckeye can’t overcome slow start in loss

JANAYA BERRY, right, of Buckeye drives the ball Feb. 14 against Cactus’ Jahleza Clark. Berry and the Lady Hawks started the second half on a 12-0 run, but still lost to Cactus in the first round of the 4A state playoffs.  View photo by Mike Rincon
JANAYA BERRY, right, of Buckeye drives the ball Feb. 14 against Cactus’ Jahleza Clark. Berry and the Lady Hawks started the second half on a 12-0 run, but still lost to Cactus in the first round of the 4A state playoffs. View photo by Mike Rincon

Buckeye girls basketball chose an inopportune time to play one of its worst games of the year. The sixth-seeded Lady Hawks struggled early and couldn’t keep the foot on the gas late Feb. 14 during the first round of the 4A state playoffs, losing to No. 11 Glendale Cactus 55-48.

That, by far, wasn’t their best,” Buckeye coach Regina Early said. “I wasn’t expecting just for us not to come out and play, especially because it was state. [Before the game] everything was great, then we get out on the floor and it was like we forgot how to play basketball. We didn’t have people guarding, we were falling, turning the ball away.”

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Estrella loses in 1st round by 1 point

GRANT GREABELL, 20, of Estrella Foothills looks at the basket Jan. 24 while Buckeye’s Elias Anderson guards from behind. Greabell had 28 points in the first round of the 4A state playoffs Feb. 15, but the Wolves lost by one to Tempe. View photo by Ray Thomas
GRANT GREABELL, 20, of Estrella Foothills looks at the basket Jan. 24 while Buckeye’s Elias Anderson guards from behind. Greabell had 28 points in the first round of the 4A state playoffs Feb. 15, but the Wolves lost by one to Tempe. View photo by Ray Thomas

Wolves miss 2 late shots against Tempe

Looking to get to another boys basketball state championship game, Estrella Foothills’ hopes were dashed in the first round of the 4A playoffs Feb. 15 by a one-point loss to Tempe.

The Wolves had two shots to win it in the closing stages, but Grant Greabell missed once inside, and again from 3-point range, ending the game 65-64 in Tempe’s favor.

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Corona outlasts Westview in quarters

D’MAURIAN WILLIAMS, right, of Westview attempts a left-handed layup Feb. 15 as Central’s Terry Gardner defends. The Knights beat Central in the opening round of the 6A state playoffs, but lost to No. 1 Corona del Sol in the quarterfinals.  View photo by Mike Rincon
D’MAURIAN WILLIAMS, right, of Westview attempts a left-handed layup Feb. 15 as Central’s Terry Gardner defends. The Knights beat Central in the opening round of the 6A state playoffs, but lost to No. 1 Corona del Sol in the quarterfinals. View photo by Mike Rincon

Knights can’t overcome slow start in 74-59 loss

One of Westview’s most successful boys basketball seasons in school history came to an end Feb. 18 against 6A powerhouse Tempe Corona del Sol, 74-59, in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs.

The eighth-seeded Knights (24-3) got off to a slow start, shooting 1 for 11 from the free-throw line. It put them in a hole that proved too big to climb out of against the state’s top seed.

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Desert Edge falls in quarters

KARINA MONTANO, left, of Desert Edge secures the ball Feb. 17 as Sierra Linda’s Anabel Rodriguez takes a swipe at it. The Lady Scorpions lost 31-22 in the 5A state quarterfinals.  View photo by Ray Thomas
KARINA MONTANO, left, of Desert Edge secures the ball Feb. 17 as Sierra Linda’s Anabel Rodriguez takes a swipe at it. The Lady Scorpions lost 31-22 in the 5A state quarterfinals. View photo by Ray Thomas

Lady Scorpions’ great defense can’t make up for lack of offense

Desert Edge girls basketball played phenomenal defense in the 5A state quarterfinals Feb. 17 against Phoenix Sierra Linda, but it couldn’t muster up enough offense to win. The Lady Scorpions made just one field goal in the second half, losing 31-22.

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Millennium punches ticket to final four

ALI ZELAYA, 1, of Millennium shoots a jumper Feb. 14 over Desert Mountain’s Kelsea Hurley. The Lady Tigers won both their first- and second-round games last week, advancing to Thursday’s 6A state semifinals. View photo by Ray Thomas
ALI ZELAYA, 1, of Millennium shoots a jumper Feb. 14 over Desert Mountain’s Kelsea Hurley. The Lady Tigers won both their first- and second-round games last week, advancing to Thursday’s 6A state semifinals. View photo by Ray Thomas

Lady Tigers handle Desert Mountain, Tucson in first 2 rounds of state tournament

Two dominate performances carried the Millennium girls basketball team through the first two rounds of the 6A state playoffs and into the final four.

The Lady Tigers dispatched Scottsdale Desert Mountain, 59-41, Feb. 14, and beat No. 5 Tucson, 54-33, Feb. 17 to earn a trip to Gila River Arena in Glendale to take on top-seeded Gilbert in the semifinals Thursday.

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Lady Knights lose play-in heartbreaker

Westview loses early 4th-quarter lead to Desert Mountain

Westview’s girls basketball team came up just short in its 6A playoff play-in game Feb. 9, ending its season at the hands of Scottsdale Desert Mountain, 47-43.

Desert Mountain held off the Lady Knights’ comeback attempt to earn a spot in Round 1 of the 6A state playoffs, which began Tuesday.

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Agua Fria ousted in 5A play-in game

Lady Owls finish above expectations in 2016-17

Agua Fria girls basketball couldn’t overcome a cold-shooting fourth quarter and fell Feb. 9 to visiting No. 17 Marana Mountain View 36-28 in the 5A play-in round.

Sophomore Sophia Dunne led the way for the Lady Owls with 18 points, but it wasn’t enough to propel the team to victory. Agua Fria didn’t hit a field goal in the fourth quarter, it’s only two points coming from two made free throws by Dunne.

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Lady Tigers lose to Valley Vista in finale

DOMINIQUE PHILLIPS, 24, of Millennium rises up for a shot Feb. 7 over Valley Vista’s Clarissa Rodarte. Phillips scored 18 points, but the Lady Tigers squandered a fourth-quarter lead in a 49-43 loss. View photo by Mike Rincon
DOMINIQUE PHILLIPS, 24, of Millennium rises up for a shot Feb. 7 over Valley Vista’s Clarissa Rodarte. Phillips scored 18 points, but the Lady Tigers squandered a fourth-quarter lead in a 49-43 loss. View photo by Mike Rincon

4th quarter struggles haunt Millennium in 6-point loss

The Millennium girls basketball team’s regular-season finale provided the perfect test heading into the state tournament. Through three quarters, it looked like the Lady Tigers would pass with flying colors. Unfortunately, a fourth-quarter breakdown doomed them in a 49-43 loss Feb. 7 to Surprise Valley Vista.

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Verrado falls to Fairfax in 5A play-in game

JACKSON MORTON, left, of Verrado tries to save the ball from going out of bounds off Agua Fria’s Isaias Camacho Jan. 6. The Vipers lost their state playoff play-in game 82-66 to Betty Fairfax. View photo by Ray Thomas
JACKSON MORTON, left, of Verrado tries to save the ball from going out of bounds off Agua Fria’s Isaias Camacho Jan. 6. The Vipers lost their state playoff play-in game 82-66 to Betty Fairfax. View photo by Ray Thomas

Vipers’ 2nd-quarter struggles lead to demise

Verrado boys basketball had one bad quarter in its 5A state playoff play-in game Feb. 9 against No. 14 Betty H. Fairfax, and it was the difference in an 82-66 loss.

The 19th-seeded Vipers were outscored 31-4 in the second quarter and were never able to recover.

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Verrado struggles to rebound in playoff loss

IMANI CRAWFORD-KING, left, of Verrado battles for the ball Feb. 9 with Centennial’s Ashley Lifgren. The Lady Vipers closed a double-digit deficit to two points in the fourth quarter, but lost 69-56. View photo by Mike Rincon
IMANI CRAWFORD-KING, left, of Verrado battles for the ball Feb. 9 with Centennial’s Ashley Lifgren. The Lady Vipers closed a double-digit deficit to two points in the fourth quarter, but lost 69-56. View photo by Mike Rincon

Lady Vipers make it close in 4th before succumbing to Centennial

Verrado’s girls basketball team beat Centennial during the regular season, but it couldn’t match the result Feb. 9 during a 5A state playoff play-in game.

The Lady Vipers got severely out rebounded, leading to multiple offensive possessions for Centennial, and lost 69-56 on the road.

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