Desert Christian pulled within 10 points of No. 1 Scottsdale Prep in the second half but could not break the double-digit barrier. Ultimately, the Spartans won 63-42 in the Division IV state semifinals in Prescott.
No. 4 Desert Christian played catch-up from the opening tip and trailed 18-9 after one quarter. Early in the second quarter, the Spartans used three-point shooting to spark a 9-0 run, which helped extend their lead to 15 en route to a 38-24 halftime lead.
Scottsdale Prep advances to face No. 2-seeded Arizona Lutheran for the state title today.
“They shot the lights out,” Eagles coach Iram Alday said. “We had some mental breakdowns on closeouts and left some guys open. It cost us.”
The Eagles came into the matchup riding a 16-game winning streak and finished the season 26-8.
Junior small forward Zachary Malis led Desert Christian with 13 points in the loss.
“The thing is, many people thought it would be a rebuilding year,” said Alday. “These guys came together and focused on what they could do. It was awesome to see them grow. We beat expectations.”