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Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 4:00 am | Updated: 10:56 am, Wed Jan 2, 2013.

Non-stop basketball took place at the Pusch Ridge Christian Academy and Canyon Del Oro gym this past week as high school girls and boys basketball teams played in the Northwest Desert Classic Tournament.

This is the sixth year of the tournament and it included local Tucson teams as well as some from Phoenix. 

On the girls’ side of the bracket, PRCA cruised to a 52-20 win over Sahuarita High School while Ironwood Ridge High School won by one (43-42) over an aggressive Cienega High School team. CDO lost in its first game on Wednesday to Seton Catholic High School by 20 points. On Thursday, Ironwood Ridge and PRCA lost one and won one out of the two games that they each played. PRCA’s matchup against the disciplined Seton Catholic proved too much as they lost 40-28. PRCA was missing two key players for the tournament: senior forward Noelle Soltero and sophomore guard Lacy Cain. CDO played one game on Thursday and lost to PRCA by 5 points.

On Friday and Saturday, CDO obtained two wins for their last games with a win over Desert Ridge High School and Cienega. Ironwood struggled against Seton Catholic with a 50-21 loss but came back and won by nine over PRCA to finish out the tournament. PRCA struggled at the end to finish the tournament out with two losses.  Desert Vista High School won over Seton Catholic in the championship game 50-42.

As for the guys, Marana High School lost 80-35 against Sunnyside High School but beat Pueblo High School 50-29 over the course of the Wednesday and Thursday tournament games. PRCA lost three of its games by around 20 points except for the first game against Sahuarita High School where they lost by six. CDO won over Marana and Desert Christian High School but lost to Sunnyside by 20 points.

For the last two tournament days, PRCA was heavily beat by Buena High School in a 52-19 loss but beat Pueblo by five points on Saturday. Marana lost in a close game to Desert Christian but pulled out a 20 point win on Saturday against Sahuarita.  CDO finished with a solid 54-17 win over Pueblo but lost their last game by five against Cholla High School. The championship game was between Buena and Sunnyside where Buena won 67-55. 

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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)


Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions


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