Division i state tournament: Haines leads Mesa Mtn. View past Tucson

2013-02-14T00:00:00Z Division i state tournament: Haines leads Mesa Mtn. View past TucsonArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 14, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Mesa Mountain View's Sabrina Haines scored a game-high 19 points to lead the No. 19 Toros to a 55-40 win at Tucson to bounce the 14th-ranked Badgers from the first round of the Division I state tournament on Wednesday night.

Haines, who entered the matchup leading the Toros with 31 three-pointers on the season, converted on three of her team's six shots from behind the arc.

"Mountain View is a good team. They have some good athletes and good shooters," Tucson coach Annette Gutierrez said. "They came out and hit some big threes that put us in a hole."

Tucson (22-6) had to play without star freshman Alexis Cortez for half of the second quarter because of early foul trouble. During that time, the Toros went on a 7-0 run.

"It was a momentum change for us, especially for her because then she had to play cautiously," Gutierrez said. "Just that alone was a slow start for us, and then too many turnovers was crucial for (Mountain View) taking over in the first half."

The Badgers began to pick up momentum in the third quarter when the team scored 14 points behind the play of Cortez, Kyli McCorkle-Olbin, and Erin-Christina Rupp.

Cortez finished the game with 13 points, followed by McCorkle-Olbin with 10, and Rupp with nine.

Whenever Tucson came within striking distance of the Toros, Mountain View answered with an offensive run.

The Badgers have lost in the first round of the state tournament for three straight years.

"We are a young team, and they did a great job this season," Gutierrez said. "Our goal was to get past the first round, but we just fell short."

• Mountain View 64, Yuma Cibola 39: At Mountain View, the Mountain Lions outscored the Raiders 39-14 in the second half after being tied at the break, to cruise to victory as the only Division I team from Southern Arizona to advance Wednesday night.

Mountain View (22-6) travels to No. 5 Chandler Hamilton at 7 p.m. Friday.

Mountain View senior Melody McLaughlin scored a game-high 23 points, 13 of which came from the free throw line.

"I think our kids did a good job," Mountain Lions coach Niki Melchiori said. "We had some nerves early but gained our composure and put it all together late."

• Scottsdale Chaparral 47, Sierra Vista Buena 42: At Buena, the 24th-ranked Firebirds stunned the No. 9 Colts (22-7) who had four players averaging double figures in scoring heading into the game.

• Tolleson 53, Cienega 35: At Tolleson, the Bobcats (17-11) suffered their second loss in five games.

Andrew Cockrum

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