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Alyssa Brown scores 38 points and breaks 2,000 career points to lead Sahuaro past Moon Valley

February 19, 2020 by Andy Morales, AZPreps365


Alyssa Brown and her teammates. (Andy Morales/AZPreps365.com)

No. 3 Sahuaro beat No. 14 Moon Valley 60-38 Wednesday night to advance to the quarterfinal round of the 4A state playoffs where the Cougars will face No. 6 Mesquite at home on Saturday, Feb. 22. Sahuaro (26-1) was led by junior standout Alyssa Brown and her game-high 38 points.

Brown came into the game needing 19 points to break 2,000 in her career and she reached that mark moments into the second quarter. Now with 2,019 career points, Brown became the eighth player from Southern Arizona to reach 2,000 career points and the 31st in Arizona history. Only a junior, Brown needs 276 more points to break into the top ten in Arizona History.

Alyssa Franke added eight points and Lily Watson scored seven for the Cougars. Moon Valley (17-12) was led by junior Yvette Ruiz with 12 points while freshman Maya Land and senior Lexi Dominguez scored seven each.

The Rockets finished 8-17 last year and missed the playoffs while Sahuaro made it to the semifinal round. Mesquite (19-11) beat No. 11 Estrella Foothills 56-37 to set up the quarterfinal game at Sahuaro. The Wildcats also made it to the 4A semifinals last year.

Top-seeded Seton Catholic (23-3) and No. 2 Shadow Mountain (24-3) also advanced but No. 4 Greenway was (18-4) was upset at home by No. 13 Rio Rico 57-50. Rio Rico (22-6) will take on No. 5 Flagstaff (24-5).

 

Arizona Career Scoring Leaders: Girls

 

1 Julie Brase, Catalina Foothills (2,913) 1994-1998

2 Kayla Pedersen, Red Mountain (2,611) 2003-2007

3 Christina Wirth, Seton Catholic (2,550) 2001-2005

4 Ashley Wirtzberger, Yuma Catholic/Gila Bend (2,505) 2006-2010

5 Alexis Cortez, Tucson (2,479) 2012-2016

6 Nicole Powell, Mountain Pointe (2,478) 1996-2000

7 Shaylee Gonzales, Mesquite (2,385) 2014-2018

8 Olivia Snyder, Green Fields (2,382) 2009-2013

9 Alyssa Wahl, Cibola (2,366) 1999-2003

10 Wendy Woudenberg, Scottsdale Christian (2,295) 2001-2005

11 Haley Cavinder, Gilbert (2,282) 2016-2019

12 Marie Folsom, Corona del Sol (2,270) 1990-1994

13 Desirae Gonzalez, Kingman (2,255) 2012-2016

14 Brooke Jackson, Mesa Mountain View (2,250) 2003-2007

15 Lindsey VanAllen, Mesquite (2,249) 2014-2018

16 Janae Gonzales, Sierra Linda (2,204) 2014-2018

17 Hanna Cavinder, Gilbert (2,191) 2016-2019

18 Dymond Simon, St. Mary’s (2,189) 2002-2006

19 Sydni Stallworth, Palo Verde (2,182) 2011-2015

20 Shawn Coder, Willcox (2,162) 1986-1990

21 Amy Showers, Camp Verde (2,161) 2001-2005

22 Bryce Nixon, Arcadia (2,122) 2014-2018

23 Najiyyah Pack, South Mountain (2,119) 2012-2016

24 Sonia Bribiescas, Superior (2,109) 1984-1988

25 Paula Pyers, Santa Rita (2,082) 1980-1984

26 Theresa Wirth, Seton Catholic (2,080) 2007-2010

27 Kalie Matthes, O’Connor (2,068) 2008-2012

28 Camille Zimmerman, Tempe Prep (2,054) 2010-2014

29 Taneisha Gossett, Flowing Wells (2,043) 1990-1994

30 Alyssa Brown, Sahuaro (2,019) 2017-Present

31 Taylor Chavez, Valley Vista (2,012) 2014-2018