Phoenix St. Mary’s Jerryd Bayless and Mesa Red Mountain’s Kayla Pedersen are getting a shot to go out on top.
Mesa Mountain View’s boys and girls teams have a shot at doubling up as team champs, and the boys get a chance at a three-peat. That’s what happened Thursday at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale at the 5A Division I boys and girls state basketball semifinals.
Bayless scored 37 points to help St. Mary’s hold off a second-half rally by top-seed Phoenix Desert Vista, 72-69. Bayless now has one more game to complete a four-year varsity career for the Knights, who will be making their second title-game appearance in three years.
St. Mary’s will face Mountain View at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Jobing.com Arena. The Toros polished off Phoenix Trevor Browne in the other boys semifinal, 71-51, behind 26 points from Kendall Wallace and 20 from Harper Kamp.
The game will be a rematch of the 2005 final, which Bayless, Wallace and Kamp all played a big part in.
Pedersen caps her four-year stint at Red Mountain Wednesday when the Mountain Lions battle Mountain View at 5 p.m. at Jobing.com Arena. It will be the fourth meeting this seaosn for the Toros and Mountain Lions. Pedersen scored 13 of her 26 points in the fourth quarter as Red Mountain rallied to edge Chandler 59-57. Red Mountain was the 5A runner-up last season.
Mountain View, led by East Valley Region player of the year Brooke Jackson’s 26 points, also rallied to earn a final berth, beating Glendale Mountain Ridge, 58-44.