The regular season ends Friday and the waiting game begins for those teams hoping for a sectional bid and for others wondering if they have enough power points for the 24-team state bracket.
With only the top four teams qualifying for the sectional tournaments, teams like Tucson High (5-5) and Marana (5-5) have been playing with little margin for error. The Lady Badgers lost five games by an average of only four points and Marana dropped their last two games after pulling off five wins in a row to get in the playoff picture.
Flowing Wells (9-1) as earned the top seed in the Division II/Section 6 sectional tournament and Ironwood Ridge (8-2) has the second seed. Canyon del Oro (8-2) lost to Ironwood Ridge so they will take the third seed.
Casa Grande (6-3) has clinched the fourth seed because they hold the tiebreaker over Salpointe (5-4). Casa Grande’s upset of Ironwood Ridge on Wednesday night coupled with Tucson’s loss to Mountain View last week ended the Badger’s sectional hopes.
The teams that are not invited to the sectional tournament need to finish in the top 24 to get in the state tournament and the Badgers have an oh so slight chance of getting in but they are going to need help. Teams continue to collect power points during the sectional tournament.
Knowing their playoff hopes were just about over, Tucson hosted Marana Thursday night in what may have been the final game for Tucson seniors Victoria Salomon, Carmen Virgil, Felisha Martinez, Joell Lopez and Erin-Christina Rupp.
Paloma Arroyo-Williams, Sierra Myers and Autumn Sullivan played their last game in a Marana uniform as well.
The two teams battled back and forth early but, with the score tied at 19-19 with 3:55 left in the second period, Tucson went on a 27-7 run and Marana found itself down 46-26 with 2:30 left in the third.
Marana turned things around and got the lead down to 54-45 with 3:20 left but there wasn’t enough time and Tucson went on to win 62-50.
Marana had three players in double figures with Moana Hala’ufia leading the team with 15 points. Kortnee Day had 13 and Jordan Wengert added 12.
Tucson High was led by 15 from Alexis Cortez, 14 from Rupp, 11 from Bailey Johnson and 10 from Dominque Alexander.
All section brackets should be officially released Saturday morning.