Sorenson's only basket lifts Basha girls over Corona - East Valley Tribune: VarsityXtra

Sorenson's only basket lifts Basha girls over Corona

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Posted: Saturday, January 21, 2006 2:21 am | Updated: 2:57 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Basha forward Pashay Sorenson probably wouldn't have been thrilled to know that she would score only two points in Friday night's battle between Corona del Sol and the visiting Bears.

Her teammates couldn't have been happier with the result, however, as Sorenson scored with just 27 seconds remaining to lift Basha to a 53-51 win over the Aztecs in a 5A Central Region girls basketball game.

The Bears had been comfortably in control for much of the game, but a late charge by Corona pulled the game even at 51 with under a minute to play.

Basha's ensuing possession was quick but successful, as the ball found its way to an open Sorenson under the basket for an easy layup that proved to be the game-winner.

"I thought we played hard," said Bears coach Felicia Boatman.

"We lost the lead a little bit there at the end, but that's to be expected against a team that shoots a lot of threes."

Basha led by as many as 13 in the second half, after opening the third quarter by shooting 6-for-7 from the field and going on a 12-4 run.

The Aztecs fought back, though, led by senior Lisa Helmers.

Helmers finished with a game-high 18 points, six of which came in the fourth quarter. She also pulled down nine rebounds.

The Bears were led by forward Alicia Anderson, who scored 13 points despite leaving the game midway through the third quarter with a leg injury. Basha guard Alyssa Meseroll added 10 points.

With the win, the Bears are now in command of the Central Region as the only team without a loss.

"Right now we're just taking it one game at a time," said Boatman. "Our goal is to win region. We'll think about the postseason when we get there."

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