Sahuaro hurts Tucson girls’ playoff hopes

Sahuaro's Simmons notches two goals, dents Badgers' playoff hopes

2014-01-30T00:00:00Z 2014-01-30T00:08:38Z Sahuaro's Simmons notches two goals, dents Badgers' playoff hopesArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 30, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Forward Jasmine Simmons celebrated her senior night in style, scoring two goals and assisting on another as host Sahuaro downed Tucson 4-1 in girls soccer on Wednesday.

The Cougars have won seven in a row heading into the postseason. Simmons converted on a penalty kick in the fifth minute, and the No. 5 team in Division II quickly expanded its lead to 3-0 with less than 22 minutes elapsed. Simmons scored again in the 74th minute — her 37th on the season — to close out the victory and put a serious dent in the No. 16 Badgers’ playoff hopes.

Sabino 5, Desert View 0: At Desert View, the Sabercats logged their 13th shutout of the regular season, holding the Jaguars to just three shots on senior night.

Sabino’s Brandi Park scored two goals and helped the Sabercats finish the regular season at 13-5-2. No. 10 Sabino has outscored opponents 52-18 on the season, and clinched a spot in the Division II playoffs with the victory.

Boys soccer

Salpointe Catholic 3, Rincon/University 2: At Rincon, the Lancers were down a goal at halftime when they scored twice in the second half to come back and beat the Rangers. Salpointe’s Andrew Bianchi had two second-half goals and goalkeeper Taylor Anderson finished with 10 saves.

Rincon’s Hector Banegas, who leads Division II in total points, added to his totals with one goal and an assist. The Lancers, who are riding a six-game winning streak, will host Sabino in a rematch today after Tuesday’s game was postponed when referee Mike Chaisson suffered a heart attack.

Boys basketball

Catalina Foothills 80, Tucson 48: At Tucson High, the Falcons used a huge second quarter (35-12) to blow out the Badgers and give No. 7 Catalina Foothills its ninth win in the past 10 games. In a matchup featuring two potential Division II playoff teams, the Falcons coasted to a comfortable win against No. 24 Tucson thanks to a balanced scoring attack. Guards Austin Nehls and Dakota Kordseimon had 15 points, and senior forward Chaz Mack added 13.

Girls basketball

Ironwood Ridge 51, Flowing Wells 42: At Ironwood Ridge, junior Cassie Bartlett came off the bench and scored a game-high 13 points as the No. 21 Nighthawks picked up a strong résumé win against Flowing Wells.

The Nighthawks dominated the fourth quarter, outscoring Flowing Wells 20-8 to take down the higher-seeded Caballeros. The loss snaps an eight-game winning streak for No. 15 Flowing Wells, as senior Shalise Fernander was held to 10 points.

Cienega 42, Catalina 19: At Catalina, the Trojans put a scare in the Bobcats, taking a 15-7 lead into the half against the No. 7 team in Division II. Cienega, which has just a lone loss at the buzzer against Sahuaro this season, rallied with 23 points in the third quarter to win its 19th game. Senior Gabby Banales had a team-high 11 points in the victory.

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