Local Roundup: Jan. 14
PREP BOYS BASKETBALL
Raiders hold off Hawks
Cibola boys basketball coach Tim Keller said Friday night was the best he had seen Gila Ridge play all year. In the end, though, it wasn’t enough.
Gila Ridge missed the game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer as Cibola defeated the Hawks 49-46 in a Gila Valley Region contest at Raider Gym.
Leading by two with 21 seconds left, Gila Ridge was forced to foul Cibola (5-1 overall, 1-1 GVR) three times in an attempt to regain possession since the Hawks (2-7, 0-3) had just four team fouls. Jordan Mitchell split a pair of free throws to give the Raiders a three-point cushion with nine seconds remaining.
Keller told his players, who had only four team fouls themselves, to commit two fouls in an effort to kill time. The tactic worked as it left Gila Ridge with four seconds to tie the game.
“My kids played a real smart 21 seconds,” Keller said.
Mitchell led Cibola with 20 points while Stevie Mitchell added 12.
Lance McLaren had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Jon Kennedy had 10 points for Gila Ridge. The Hawks went 4-of-12 from the free-throw line.
Warriors drop Frogs
Redhawk Welch fell two assists shy of a triple-double as San Pasqual defeated Salome 64-53 on the road Friday.
Welch finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists as the Warriors had four players score in double figures.
Manny Sanchez led San Pasqual (6-5) with 24 points, Chaz Tecumseh added 18 and Andrew Lomaintewa had 10.
San Pasqual plays host to Ajo at 2:30 p.m. today.
YC dusts River Valley
Bradley Crye and Mike Aguilera powered Yuma Catholic past River Valley 57-35 on the road Friday.
Crye finished 26 wins and 11 rebounds and Aguilera had 18 points and nine rebounds as the Shamrocks picked up their second win over the Dust Devils this season.
YC (12-6) plays at Tonopah Valley on Tuesday.
PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL
Brazeel lifts Shamrocks past Dust Devils
Madison Brazeel knocked down a 3-pointer as time expired to give Yuma Catholic at 46-43 win at River Valley on Friday.
Brazeel finished the night with 23 points and seven assists. Megan Wren dished the assist on the game-winner after River Valley made a free throw to tie the game with nine seconds left.
Chelsey Mendenhall had nine points and nine rebounds for the Shamrocks (5-9).
YC plays at Tonopah Valley on Tuesday.
Frogs top Warriors
San Pasqual lost 44-19 at Salome on Friday.
Gina Rivera led the Warriors with nine points, but San Pasqual couldn’t handle Salome’s transition offense after falling behind 16-3 at the end of the first quarter.
San Pasqual (6-6) hosts Ajo at 1 p.m. today.
PREP BOYS SOCCER
Raiders blank Knights
Cibola had seven players score as the Raiders beat Lake Havasu 8-0 on the road Friday.
Miguel Corral had two goals and an assist for the Raiders. Carlos Raygoza had four saves in the shut out for Cibola (3-5).
Cibola plays at Gila Ridge on Thursday.
Kings best Hawks
Kofa defeated Gila Ridge 4-2 at home Friday.
The Kings used a 3-0 lead at halftime to give their reserves some action and capped the scoring after the Hawks picked up two goals.
Donal Landrum had two goals to lead the Kings. Stefan Jimenez and Colby Carr added a goal and asisst each.
Lupe Paz and Alberto Saavedra scored a goal each for Gila Ridge (3-6, 2-4).
“I’m really proud of the way we responded after halftime,” Gila Ridge coach Jay VanWassenhoven said. “They showed character.”
Kofa (12-3 overall, 7-0 AIA, 6-0 Gila Valley Region) plays at Yuma High on Tuesday.
PREP GIRLS SOCCER
Hawks edge Kings in PKs
Gila Ridge connected on three penalty kicks to Kofa’s two for a 2-1 win at home on Friday.
Kristi Sanford made the decisive third PK after Teryn King and Sheridan Smith made the first two for the Hawks. Kofa made its first and third attempts before both teams missed on their final two opportunities.
Nadia Babbitt tied the game in the second half for Gila Ridge afer Kofa’s Maria Lopez scored the opening goal in the first half.
Gila Ridge (4-4) plays at Cibola on Tuesday.