2/20/2013 8:36:00 AM Bradshaw Mountain girls' winning streak ends at 30
Prescott Valley Tribune
The Division 2 No. 1-ranked Bradshaw Mountain High girls' basketball team suffered a narrow 41-40 upset at the hands of a red-hot Scottsdale Saguaro squad in the state tournament quarterfinals on Tuesday, abruptly ending the Bears' magical season.
Bradshaw Mountain, which was riding an unbelievable 30-game winning streak dating back to late November, needed only three more wins to capture the coveted Division 2 state championship trophy.
Instead, BMHS concludes the 2012-13 campaign with a phenomenal 30-2 overall record. Tuesday marked the second straight season that Bradshaw has been bounced in the state-quarterfinal round.
At Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, the top-seeded Bears couldn't quite sneak past No. 8 seed Saguaro, a squad that appears to be a Cinderella in the making.
Bradshaw led 17-13 at halftime and 31-25 at the end of the third quarter. But the Bears were outscored 16-9 in the fourth quarter, as the Sabercats drained four 3-pointers in the final eight minutes.
"They definitely got open to get off some good shots, and ... we just needed to come out and recover on their switches," BMHS coach Efren Badilla said. "That's what got them back more into the game than anything is their outside shooting."
Kylie Morris paced the Bears offensively with 24 points. Jessica Olivas pitched in with nine points and Dacie Clark had four.
"I couldn't even stress how proud I am of our girls," Badilla said. "It's definitely a tough loss. They have achieved so much. But I appreciate all of the support from the parents and the administrators throughout the season."
The Sabercats advance to Thursday's state semifinals, where they will battle No. 5 seed Peoria Liberty, which edged fourth-seeded Phoenix Thunderbird, 53-50, in Tuesday's other quarterfinal contest. Tip-off for that semifinal is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. at Jobing.com Arena.
To reach Tuesday's quarterfinals, the Bears eked out a 47-43 victory over scrappy 16th-seeded Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep in the second round last Friday night at home.
On Feb. 9, Saguaro (24-9 overall) earned an automatic bid to state after pulling off a 46-31 upset of Seton Catholic Prep to claim the Division 2, Section 3 tournament crown.
Like Bradshaw, Saguaro snared an opening-round bye at state. In the second round last Friday, the Sabercats blasted Phoenix Washington, 66-48, to reach the quarters against BMHS.
If the Bears had beaten Saguaro, they would have avoided a state tournament rematch against T-bird.
On Feb. 9, Bradshaw trounced the Chiefs, 42-20, to garner the Division 2, Section 2 championship at Phoenix Greenway High. In that game, Bradshaw avenged a state quarterfinal loss to T-bird in the 2012 Division 2 tournament last Feb. 21.