Separated by over 1,000 students and three miles, Cienega and Empire battled each other to the final moments of a classic battle between an established "big school" and a school creating an identity. Cienega ultimately prevailed 66-63 but Empire also had a victory of sorts - respect.
Derik Hall is known for his quickness on the football field and he displayed a bit of what caused NAU to offer him a scholarship in the final moments against Cienega. Hall poked the ball away as Cienega was about to make their final move with about five seconds remaining. He raced down the court and scored on a lay up with 2.8 seconds left and was fouled.
Sydni Stallworth may only be 5-foot-3 but the Tucson Palo Verde senior is about to be a giant according to stats kept by the Arizona Basketball Coaches Association. Adding the 24 she scored against Sahuarita Walden Grove on Tuesday night at home, the guard is at 1,995 points. Just five away.
Improving their record to 16-1, Cholla defeated Catalina Foothills 55-52 Thursday night. Senior Jorge Carrasco pumped in 25 points to lead the Chargers. Dakota Kordsiemon led the Falcons (11-7) with 17 points and Nik Nehls added 15.
Tucson Tanque Verde won an important sectional game over Miami Thursday night at home behind the play of junior guard Hailey Goley and sophomore forward Ava Rauschen. The duo scored 16 points each to pace the Hawks to a 52-29 win over the Vandals, improving their section record to 2-1.