Green Fields' Olivia Snyder is surrounded by three Immaculate Heart players, including Katie Martinka, left. Snyder, who scored 35 points, and Martinka, who had 18, are the two top scorers in Southern Arizona.


On Tuesday, Southern Arizona's top two scorers in girls basketball squared off for the second time this season.

This time, Green Field Country Day senior Olivia Snyder came out on top.

The leading scorer in the state registered 35 points to lift the Griffins to a 55-37 win over visiting Immaculate Heart.

Snyder averaged 29.5 points per game heading into the game against Katie Martinka, who averaged 22.2 points.

Snyder's 35 points was just two fewer points than the entire Lady Knights team and just two shy of the school's single-game record, which she set in November against Patagonia.

"I've been starting since I was a sophomore," Snyder said. "I know that I'm quicker than most players. It's way easier to get points in transition than set up an offense and run plays."

Even more impressive, she did it days after dealing with a 103-degree fever.

Snyder has scored 30 or more points in 10 of the 20 games she has played this year.

The Griffins got off to a fast start, finishing the first quarter up 15-2, including 12 from Snyder.

Immaculate Heart battled back to close the half down 31-21, behind 14 from Martinka, a junior.

"Shooting is one of my strong points, and I just realized my team needed me," said Martinka, who finished with 18 points.

When she was in the game, Martinka played like the state's third-leading scorer, which she is, but she spent most of the night on the bench in foul trouble.

"This is something I've been trying to work on with Katie all year. She's a very aggressive player, but she needs to realize that in certain points in the game she needs to play smarter," said Immaculate Heart head coach Ty Manuel.

The Lady Knights closed the gap completely late in the third quarter, taking the lead 32-31 with 2:25 left, moments before Martinka fouled out.

With Martinka riding the pine, Immaculate scored just two points the rest of the game against Snyder and Green Field's stingy defense.

After a quiet third quarter from both players, Snyder emerged to dominate the fourth just as she did the first, dropping 12 more points on the Lady Knights to push the Griffins past Immaculate Heart.

Snyder doesn't just get it done on the offensive end; she excels defensively, and Tuesday night was no different.

"It's great to have a kid you can count on to score that many points, but she leads the state in steals as well," said Danehy.

As a senior, Snyder is getting plenty of attention from junior colleges and smaller D-II schools, and one D-I school, as well.

"I definitely think she can play Division I basketball," said Danehy.