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After tinkering around awhile, St. Mary's put its foot down and held up another trophy.
Highland's Malinda Myers shoots the ball as Pinnacle's Britta Nordstrom blocks her shot during the Division I semifinal game at Wells Fargo Arena, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 in Tempe. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Highland's Megan Brown, left, looks to pass the ball while being guarded by Pinnacle's Britta Nordstrom in the Division I semifinal game at Wells Fargo Arena, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 in Tempe. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Perhaps it's because the senior year for a core group of Pinnacle girls basketball players. Perhaps it's because that same core group has been in championship games three times and had its collective heartbroken each time.
Pinnacle had a height advantage and good game plan in its Division I state girls quarterfinal matchup with Dobson on Monday afternoon.
Beep-beep and Pinnacle was running the floor in the Division I girls state basketball tournament Friday night.
As was the case back on Nov. 24 when Pinnacle and Mountain Pointe got together in the championship game of the Lady Hawk Basketball Tournament, Saturday’s Division I, Section III girls final showcased two of the bigger stars in Arizona: the Pioneers’ Sydney Wiese and the Pride’s Kayla Lupoe.
Pinnacle advanced to the semifinals of the Nike Tournament of Champions on Thursday with a 70-57 win over Salesian High School (CA) at Basha High School.
Devante Walker and Zack Patton combined to score 43 of Campo Verde’s 69 points to lead the Coyotes to a slim 69-65 overtime victory versus visiting Higley on Thursday.
Visiting Higley got its first ever varsity girls basketball win over Williams Field as the Knights beat the Black Hawks, 47-44, on Friday night.
Chandler Prep's Travis Farschman hit his seventh three-point shot of the game with 15 seconds left in overtime and teammate Jack Hanson stole the ball seconds later to clinch a 62-59 victory over visiting Canyon State, Tuesday.
During the first 16 minutes of play Saturday night, something was clearly not right with Pinnacle senior guard Sydney Wiese.
Not many teams can lose a pair of college-bound stars and be just as good as the year before.
Class 5A girls basketball state championships
5A-II girls basketball state semifinals
Visiting Perry beat Mountain Pointe, 65-63, in a 5A East Valley region boys basketball game on Friday night.
After opening its season with a win, Skyline fell, 76-72, to Verrado in second game of pool play of the Skyline Invitational. Ralph Brunson led the Coyotes with 26 points, Johnny Muruato added 15 and Jonathan Sims finished with 12. Skyline led by six points heading into the fourth quarter but the outside shooting of the Vipers did them in. Verrado made 13 three pointers with nine of them coming in the second half.
People say you can’t coach height.