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Santa Rita rebounds from ‘horrible’ half to top Pueblo

Citizen Staff Writer



The Santa Rita High School boys basketball team ended the regular season with a bang by defeating Pueblo on the road Thursday night.

The Eagles used a 23-5 fourth quarter advantage to pull away and win 72-53 in a Class 4A nonregion game.

Santa Rita trailed at halftime 34-29.

“We had a horrible first half,” Santa Rita coach Jim Ferguson said. “We went three for 18 on three-pointers in the first half and so we knew coming out in the second half we had to shoot better.

“We got the game more up-tempo and played real solid.”

Terrell Stoglin couldn’t be contained as he scored a game-high 34 points. He hit all five of Santa Rita’s 3-pointers.

Mark Simmons also provided a spark for Santa Rita, scoring 11 of his 13 points in the third quarter.

Santa Rita’s Andre Hatchett sprained an ankle in the first half but came out strong in the second. He posted 19 points.

“It was a great win going into someone else’s gym against a great team like Pueblo,” Ferguson said. “Those are the type of teams we struggle against.”

Michael Perez led the Warriors (19-8) with a team-high 22 points. Perez finished the regular season averaging 23.2 points.

Santa Rita shut down Pueblo’s Stephen Ponce, the second-leading scorer on the team. He finished with two points to finish with 13.8 points per game for the regular season.

Santa Rita (15-8) will be the No. 1 seed in next week’s Class 4A Gila Region tournament.

Amphi 60, Sahuarita 24: The Panthers finished the 4A Gila tied with Santa Rita with an 11-1 record.

Chris Johnson and Xavier Frodge each scored 12 points for Amphi, and Christian Mada added 11 points.

Girls basketball

Canyon del Oro continued its dominance in the 4A Sonoran Region by beating Marana 46-33.

Sydney Lewis led the Dorados with 12 points; Charde Mayne, Sarah Batterton and Nadi Carey all added 10 points.

CDO finished the season with a 21-1 overall record and a 6-0 mark in the region.

Jamee Swan had 13 points for Marana.

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