February Hoops Frenzy: Cienega girls to semifinal round

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The Cienega Girls will be playing in the school's first ever semifinal game. Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com Photo.

The Cienega Girls will be playing in the school’s first ever semifinal game. Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com Photo.

Down early to No. 6 Yuma Cibola, the No. 3 Cienega girls turned things around after being down 17-8 after the first quarter.  A defensive push pulled the Bobcats ahead 22-21 at the half and 41-34 after three.

With the 62-45 blowout win, Cienega (25-1) will now face No. 10 Scottsdale Saguaro in the semifinal round to be played Thursday at the Jobing.com Arena at 2:30 pm.

Gabby Banales scored 17 points, Treyanna Clay added 14, Denesia Smith scored 12 and Kelaiah Dillard put in 11.

The game is promised to be shown live on the NFHS Network available on AIA365.com but a live viewing of the Cienega/Cibola game was also promised but it was not made available. Customers did not find out that the game was not being streamed live until after they paid the subscription fee that started at almost $10.


In an email from the NFHS Network asking why they responded, “We are experiencing a technical issue with the streaming of that game.”  Cienega High School was responsible for producing the game.

Saguaro is 25-7 on the year and they are led by Grand Canyon recruit Casey Rarrick, averaging 18 points a game.

The boy’s Division II and III quarterfinals will take place Wednesday along with the girl’s D-III quarterfinals. 12 Southern Arizona teams are still alive in the state playoffs.

Tuesday’s Result

GIRLS DIVISION II

Quarterfinals: Tuesday, February 25
3 Cienega 62, 6 Cibola 45

Wednesday’s Games

BOYS DIVISION II

Quarterfinals: Wednesday, February 26
1 Salpointe Catholic vs. 8 Shadow Mountain at Jobing.com, 7:45 pm
4 Cienega vs. 12 Gilbert Christian at Jobing.com, 2:30 pm

BOYS DIVISION III

Quarterfinals: Wednesday, February 26
4 Benson vs. 5 Show Low at Tim’s Toyota Center, 9 am

GIRLS DIVISION III

Quarterfinals: Wednesday, February 26
3 Pusch Ridge vs. 6 Estrella Foothills at Tim’s Toyota Center, 1:30 pm
5 Thatcher vs. 4 Window Rock at Tim’s Toyota Center, 10:30 am

Thursday’s Games

GIRLS DIVISION II

Semifinals: Thursday, February 27
3 Cienega vs. 10 Saguaro at Jobing.com at 2:30 pm

BOYS DIVISION IV

Quarterfinals: Thursday, February 27
4 Desert Christian vs. 12 Tempe Prep at Tim’s Toyota Center, 10:30 am
14 Duncan vs. 6 St. Johns at Tim’s Toyota Center, 1:30 pm

GIRLS DIVISION IV

Quarterfinals: Thursday, February 27
1 Valley Union vs. 8 Duncan at Tim’s Toyota Center, 6 pm
2 St. Gregory vs. 7 St. David at Tim’s Toyota Center, 3 pm

Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com



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