Tucson High School’s defense was able to hold the Mesa Mountain View girls basketball team to 28 points through the first three quarters Friday night in the Class 5A Division I quarterfinals.
Unfortunately for the visiting Badgers, the home team scored 22 points in the fourth quarter, erasing Tucson High’s lead and rolling on to a 50-42 semifinal win.
Tucson High ends its season 24-3, but didn’t go quietly. The Badgers led 33-28 heading into the final quarter. Christine Clark led the Badgers’ charge with 13 points and teammate Anyela Lopez scored 11.
Mountain View was led by 18 points from Jennifer Schlott and a 12-point, 12-rebound effort from Brittany Conger.
The Sunnyside Blue Devils will put their 11-year streak of state championship trophies on the line Saturday in the Class 5A Division II team championship at Phoenix Shadow Mountain High School.
Sunnyside established itself as the overwhelming favorite after last week’s individual championship tournament. Sunnyside has won 26 state wrestling titles.
Ironwood Ridge is seeded No. 3 in the 5A-II tournament, which begins at 11:30 a.m., with semifinals at 2 p.m. and finals at 6 p.m. Mountain View is the No. 7 seed.
In the 4A-I tourney, Cienega (No. 1 seed), Pueblo (No. 2) and Cholla (No. 7) will battle for the crown that Pueblo won in 2008.
Southern Arizona’s hopes in the 4A-II tournament ride on No. 6 Rio Rico and No. 7 Amphi.
The 4A-I and 4A-II tournaments take place at Peoria High starting at 10 a.m. for 4A-I and 11:30 a.m. for 4A-II, with championship rounds starting at 6 p.m. for both.
Ironwood Ridge, the No. 1 seed in the 5A-II state tournament and defending state champion, hosts No. 8 Yuma at 7 p.m. Saturday in a 5A-II quarterfinal game.
The Nighthawks beat No. 16 Scottsdale Horizon 72-51 on Thursday in the tournament’s opening round.