Emily Shreves scored 26 points to lead Empire past Amphitheater 74-39 late Wednesday night in what amounted to a normal game for the junior guard except this one put her over 1,000 career points – 1,023 to be exact.
Sean Hinton is 25-3 with two state championships as the head coach of the Eagles and he led the program to back-to-back championships in 2000 and 2001 as a running back before following in his grandfather’s footsteps as a running back at ASU.
The Small School Boyd Baker Tournament, the Lancer Tip Off Classic and the Turkey Shootout got underway Monday with the Boyd Baker taking place at Immaculate Heart and The Gregory School while the Lancer Classic is being played at Salpointe and Central. Walden Grove is hosting the Girls Turkey Shootout.
No. 1 Pusch Ridge would go on the defeat No. 4 Benjamin Franklin 47-7 to improve to 13-0 on the year while the Chargers fell to a respectable 11-2 mark in only the fourth year of the program’s existence.
The weight of being the top seed proved too much to bear Friday night with Mountain Pointe dropping a 56-31 game to No. 4 Perry in the 6A ranks, Cienega losing a 5A semifinal 37-34 to No. 4 Notre Dame and Sunrise Mountain losing to No. 4 Salpointe 49-27 in 4A
This will be the first-ever meeting between the Lions and the Chargers, but that’s understandable considering Ben Franklin competed as an independent squad in 2014 before entering the AIA ranks in 2015.
The Bobcats and Saints are the last two remaining undefeated teams in the 5A ranks but that will end for one team come Friday night when both square off in a semifinal game scheduled for Marana Mountain View at 7 p.m.