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Buckeye advances past Round 1, falls in quarters

JACOB JEFFERSON, 44, of Buckeye battles Flagstaff’s Christian Singleton for a rebound Feb. 15 in the first round of the 4A state playoffs. The Hawks won in overtime, but lost three days later to Shadow Mountain.  View photo by Ray Thomas
JACOB JEFFERSON, 44, of Buckeye battles Flagstaff’s Christian Singleton for a rebound Feb. 15 in the first round of the 4A state playoffs. The Hawks won in overtime, but lost three days later to Shadow Mountain. View photo by Ray Thomas

Hawks beat Flagstaff in overtime thriller

After an emotional lift in the first round of the 4A state tournament, Buckeye couldn't continue its run toward a title in the quarterfinals.

The eighth-seeded Hawks lost Feb. 18 to No. 1 Shadow Mountain 111-43. Buckeye and Shadow Mountain also played on the last day of the regular season. The Hawks lost that contest 108-77.

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Agua Fria falls to Eagles

Agua Fria’s boys basketball was knocked out of the first round of the 5A state tournament Feb. 15 by Glendale Ironwood, 66-58.

The Owls finished the season with a second consecutive 20-win campaign, but were unable to match last year’s run to the state championship game.

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La Joya loses to Desert Vista

La Joya boys basketball took the 6A Conference No. 3 seed down to the wire Feb. 15 in the first round of the state playoffs, but Desert Vista was able to escape the upset bid and pull away late, winning 81-74.

The teams were tied after three quarters, and La Joya had a chance to tie it down three with less than 90 seconds to play, but two 3-point attempts were unsuccessful, coach Roger Lefebvre said.

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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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