The Gilbert Campo Verde girls took the lead over Sahuaro with nearly 6 minutes left in the second quarter and never looked back on its way to a 66-47 win Friday night, eliminating the host Cougars in the second round of the Division II state tournament.
At the start of the second quarter, the score was tied at 16. Campo Verde quickly made adjustments after Sahuaro junior forward Itzel Valencia-Gallegos was injured.
Sahuaro (23-5) struggled to come up with rebounds and gave Campo Verde more second-chance points.
Campo Verde senior forwards Stephanie Orji and Taelor Cruz scored 22 and 20 points, respectively.
"We just couldn't step up and defend well tonight," Cougars coach Steve Botkin said. "We didn't do a good job of boxing out."
Sahuaro had 18 turnovers in the first half and 26 total, compared to eight assists.
Despite the loss, Botkin was able to reflect on the bigger picture.
"We started two freshmen, so I think they grew up a lot over the course of the season," Botkin said. "We're going to lose some seniors who we're going to miss, but the future is bright."
• No. 6 Flowing Wells 45, No. 11 Phoenix Arcadia 40: At Flowing Wells, senior Indiana commit Lyndsay Leikem went 4 for 4 from the foul line in the final minute to extend a small lead and send the Caballeros (27-4) back to the Division II state quarterfinals.
Leikem scored a game-high 29 points and gave Flowing Wells the lead with less than two minutes to play.
"We didn't take care of the ball as well as we usually do, but at no point did we break," Flowing Wells coach Michael Perkins said.
The Caballeros will face 14th-seeded Phoenix South Mountain on Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale.
• No. 4 Phoenix Thunderbird 61, No. 13 Canyon del Oro 37: At Thunderbird, the Chiefs won for the 11th time in 12 games to eliminate the Dorados in the second round of Division II state tournament.
• No. 5 Chandler Hamilton 66, No. 12 Mountain View 61, 2 OT: At Hamilton, the Mountain Lions came close to pulling off an upset thanks to Jessica Salaz scoring a game-high 23 points, but they lost in the second round of the Division I state tournament.
• No. 14 Phoenix Christian 48, No. 19 San Miguel 37: At Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, Racheal Bailey scored 17 points in the first round of the Division IV state tournament, but the Vipers couldn't move on.
• No. 11 Glendale Joy Christian 68, No. 22 Green Fields Country Day 46: At Prescott High, Olivia Snyder scored 35 points, including six three-pointers, but the Griffins lost in the first round of the Division IV state tournament.
"I'm proud of the girls for making it to state for four straight years," Green Fields coach Tom Danehy said.
• No. 13 Pima 53, No. 20 Immaculate Heart 38: At Prescott Valley Bradshaw Mountain High, the Knights lost for the fourth time in five games and were eliminated in the first round of the Division IV state tournament.
• No. 10 St. Gregory 48, No. 23 Surprise Arizona Charter 39: At Tim's Toyota Center, junior Benny Louchheim scored 22 points to lead St. Gregory to the second round of the Division IV state tournament.
The Hawks will face Scottsdale Prep today at Tim's Toyota Center at 3 p.m.
• No. 18 Teec Nos Pos Red Mesa 56, No. 15 San Miguel 37: At Tim's Toyota Center, the Vipers couldn't rebound in the first round of the Division IV state tournament after losing junior leading scorer Tre Miller to a broken bone in his elbow late in the game.
It was the first time San Miguel (13-11) had a winning season and went to the playoffs. Second-year coach Joe Crane credited his three seniors - Omar Lorta, Pablo Monreal and Manuel Coronado - for the team's success.
• No. 2 Gilbert Christian 67, No. 15 Rio Rico 47: At NAU, the Knights won their ninth straight game to eliminate the Hawks in the second round of the Division III state tournament.