Local Roundup: Feb. 1
Kofa loses 1-0
A first-half penalty kick was all that kept No. 14 Kofa from a potential upset of No. 3 Highland on Tuesday at Red Mountain Park in Mesa.
The Hawks connected on a penalty kick 20 minutes into the game, the only scoring in a 1-0 win over the Kings.
“It was a little hard to take,” Kofa coach Marisela Velasquez said. “It’s a little disappointing to lose on a penalty kick. In the first half we came out very well. We tried to catch them off guard and we had our chances, but unfortunately they go that penalty kick. ... It’s unfortunate to have to lose on a penalty kick.”
San Luis falls 1-0
The No. 10 San Luis girls soccer team’s season came to an end Tuesday night in a 1-0 loss to No. 7 Mountain Pointe in the first round of the 5A-I state playoffs at Red Mountain Park in Mesa.
Mountain Pointe came up with the game’s only goal at the 66-minute mark when the Pride slipped a shot through traffic and past San Luis’ goalie. The Sidewinders had a shot to tie a few minutes later but Mountain Pointe’s goalie made the stop. The Pride outshot the Sidewinders 15-5, but Sidewinders coach Ian McDougall said most never had a chance of going in.
“They had one shot inside the penalty area and they just happened to make it and it made the all the difference,” McDougall said. “Neither team played particularly well, it was cold and windy, but we played hard right to the end made it quite far despite all the injuries.”
PREP BOYS BASKETBALL
Seniors lead Hawks past Raiders
Gila Ridge had four seniors come through on senior night as the Hawks defeated Cibola 63-60 in overtime at home on Tuesday.
Lance McLaren led the Hawks with 14 points and 15 rebounds, Mike Pancrazi and Corey Semler had 12 points each and Jon Kennedy had 11.
McLaren sank a 3-pointer at the end of the fourth quarter to force overtime and Kennedy nailed a triple to start OT. The Hawks never lost the lead from there and held on despite missing a few free throws.
Gila Ridge (9-13) plays at San Luis on Friday.
Knights dump Sidewinders
San Luis struggled through a two-point first quarter in a 63-39 loss to Lake Havasu at home on Tuesday.
The Sidewinders fell behind 20-2 in the first quarter, but played the Knights within six points the rest of the way.
Mark Ochoa led San Luis with 26 points and added eight rebounds and three blocks. Orlando Lopez had 13 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for the Sidewinders.
San Luis (8-16) plays host to Gila Ridge on Friday.
Rams come up short vs. Cougars
Antelope lost 64-61 to Phoenix Christian at home on Tuesday in a game that no team led by more than five.
A.J. Cota couldn’t connect on a 3-pointer with four seconds left to tie it and the Coyotes held on for the win.
Cota finished the game with 21 points and Abel Munoz added 18 points. Chris Weimer had a double-double for the Rams with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Antelope (4-11) plays at Arizona Lutheran on Friday.
Shamrocks fall at home
Yuma Catholic couldn’t overcome a slow first half in a 74-68 home loss to Arizona Lutheran on Tuesday.
The Shamrocks fell behind 30-18 at halftime and were without their top scorer Bradley Crye due to foul trouble in the second quarter. The deficit was too much for the Shamrocks, who scored 50 points in the second half.
Crye finished with 29 points and Mike Aguilera added 12 for YC.
The Coyotes converted on 22 of 30 free throws.
Yuma Catholic (16-9) plays at No. 2 Scottsdale Christian on Friday.
PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL
Shamrocks top Coyotes
Yuma Catholic defeated Arizona Lutheran 33-28 at home on Tuesday.
The Shamrocks grabbed a 27-26 lead with two minutes left and held to win after trailing for the majority of the game.
Madison Brazeel led the Shamrocks with 11 points. Makena Zamora had 10 points and five rebounds and Mary Terkelsen added nine points and five rebounds.
Yuma Catholic (7-9) plays at Scottsdale Christian on Friday.
Cougars roll Rams
Antelope lost 61-27 to Phoenix Christian at home on Tuesday.
Katlyn Jones led the Rams with 12 points and Shana Skousen added six points.
The Rams didn’t score in the fourth quarter.
Antelope plays at Arizona Lutheran on Friday.