Terrell Stoglin scored 40 points, including six 3-pointers, for the Santa Rita boys basketball team in a 91-88 road win over Cienega on Thursday night.
The teams made a combined 23 3- pointers in the shootout, including a stretch in the second quarter where Santa Rita hit five straight.
“That was uncharacteristic,” Santa Rita head coach Jim Ferguson said. “We work hard on our shooting, but our strength is not perimeter shooting, except for Terrell, of course.”
Ferguson was afraid to get into a shootout with Cienega, and felt fortunate to escape with the victory.
“They’re the best shooting high school basketball team I have ever seen,” Ferguson said. “They are an excellent high school basketball team.”
Heading into the third quarter up 44-35, Santa Rita quickly extended its lead to 60-44.
A defensive breakdown and 10 quick points from Cienega brought the Bobcats within six before the third quarter ended.
“We need to work on playing perimeter defense,” Stoglin said. “Cienega is a really good team and they never miss. We knew that coming in and we still couldn’t stop them.”
Cienega had another run in the final quarter, which included an electrifying alley-oop to rally the crowd and pull the Bobcats within six points after quick possessions and a technical foul from Santa Rita.
With Cienega threatening late in the game, Stoglin took over. The 6-foot-1 junior took the ball baseline to baseline for a layup, later dishing out an assist by finding an open man under the basket for an easy layup and drilling a big 3-pointer to quiet the loud Cienega crowd.
Cienega was led by Coree Aten’s 32 points, with four field goals from beyond the arc. Seth Mejias-Brean added 20 and Mario Sanchez hit five 3-pointers.
Santa Rita also had 14 points from Mark Simmons.
It’s unusual for a team to look forward to a rematch with an opponent that beat it earlier in the season by 41 points.
But Nogales girls basketball coach Yvette Favela is loving the opportunity to play Tucson High again.
Nogales used its traditional fast break to go with the gift of height this year to beat Sahuarita 56-35 Thursday in the opening game of the Santa Cruz Shoot-Out at Pueblo High School.
The win gives Nogales its rematch with Tucson High on Friday afternoon in the tournament.
Tucson High clobbered Nogales 64-23 on Dec. 2.
“They’re a great team and it’s a privilege to play them again,” said Favela. “How else are you going to get better but by playing the best?
“I hope to see what progress we’ve made this year.”
Junior Olivia Valencia scored 14 points by ruling underneath for Nogales (9-3). She and senior Odessa Haynie give Nogales the ability to control the boards and trigger the Apaches’ fast break.
Valencia did most of the work early inside and point guard Prissy Heredia provided the capper in the fourth period with two of her four 3-pointers.
Nogales yielded an 8-4 lead early to Sahuarita and kept crashing the boards. Juana Vidal led the Mustangs with 12 points.
“We’re going to take a break after this tournament and let some injuries heal,” Favela said. “We’ll get some good practice (Friday).”
The tournament runs through Saturday afternoon at Pueblo.
– BRYAN LEE, firstname.lastname@example.org (email@example.com)
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