LOCAL GLANCE (Feb. 16): Boys Basketball, JUCO Softball, JUCO Baseball
A barrage of 3-pointers sank No. 8 Yuma Catholic 77-67 against No. 9 Duncan Saturday in the second round of the AIA Division IV State Boys Basketball Championship in Prescott.
The No. 8 Shamrocks surrendered seven 3-pointers in the third quarter.
“They caught on fire and we got behind,” Yuma Catholic coach Brooks Neumann said. “In the fourth quarter we played good but we just couldn't pull back into the game. We used up a lot of energy in the fourth quarter trying to come back and we just ran out of gas.”
Carter Rodriguez played the entire game and led the Shamrocks with 23 points and five assists. Yuma Catholic (25-4) had three other players in double figures — Jayson Reid (10), Matt Pistone (10) and Seth McKinney (12).
“It was a real successful season,” Neumann said. “But at Yuma Catholic, until you either win a few playoff games or get that gold ball, it's kind of a disappointing season. Even though we're still a young team with a lot of sophomores and juniors, it's still very, very, very disappointing right now.”
AWC splits with Mesa
The Arizona Western softball team split its road doubleheader Saturday in Mesa, winning 2-0 in eight innings before losing 4-2 in the late game.
Mariah Caro had what proved to be the winning hit in the eighth against Mesa ace Jackie Aguilar, hitting a single that scored Madison Tracy and Summer Ehrig.
Briana VanSickle (6-2) pitched a 1-2-3 eighth to preserve her two-hitter. She struck out seven.
Mesa (6-7 overall, 5-5 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) scored all of its runs in the fourth inning of Game 2, all charge to Hayley Miller (6-2). The Matadors (15-7, 7-3) outhit the Thunderbirds 7-5.
AWC splits with Pima
The Arizona Western baseball team split its road doubleheader Saturday in Tucson, beating Pima 6-1 before losing 7-1 to the Aztecs.
Travis Garcia-Perreira (3-0) pitched all seven innings in the first game, allowing eight hits and one earned run. Casey Scott and Hayden Calvert each had two hits for the Matadors (9-6 overall, 1-1 ACCAC), with Calvert driving in two runs and Scott scoring twice.â€¨AWC was outhit 15-6 in the late game. Five Aztecs (4-7-1, 1-1) had multi-hit games, while no Matador had more than one hit.