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Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 4:00 am

Mountain View High School was rocking last on Dec. 6, as the Mountain Lions (11-4) defeated the (15-2) Tucson Badgers, 56-50.

The Badgers had entered the game with only one loss, but the Mountain Lions were not intimidated as they opened the game on a 6-2 run. 

An 8-1 run by Tucson in the fourth quarter closed the gap and left the score at 46-45 in favor of Mountain View. A layup by Melody McLaughlin and two free throws by Lauren Reece made it 50-46 with 2:32 left in the game. 

Katrina Kelly made a huge block on the other end, drew a foul and buried both free throws for a 52-48 lead. Tucson’s Alexis Cortez scored, but then Reece made two more free throws to put the game away for the Mountain Lions.

“We were a little stressed,” said Mountain View’s Jessica Salaz, who led the Mountain Lions with 16 points. .

Kelly’s two free throws gave Mountain View a 42-29 lead in the third. Kelly was 7-8 from the free throw line, swishing most of them, on her way to nine points.

Defense was a key for the Mountain Lions, as they forced Tucson into missing their first 11 field goal attempts in the third. The Badgers shot only 25 percent for the night.

Freshman Alexis Cortez has been a major factor for Tucson during their dominating first half of the season. She’s been averaging 15 points per game. She finished as the game’s leading scorer with 21 points.

In the first quarter, Cortez scored six points, found several teammates with quick passes leading to good shots, and also blocked three shots in the quarter. Tucson made half their shots in building a 17-15 lead.

“We have everybody getting points,” Salaz said. “We have only one loss in league.” McLaughlin had 12 points, while Reece finished with 10 for the Mountain Lions.

The defense stepped up for the Mountain Lions after the first quarter, as they made it difficult for Cortez to make her shots.

Salaz didn’t think they adjusted their strategy, but she did say they kept Cortez off the offensive boards.

Cortez scored only one point in the second. One of the factors that kept Mountain View from putting the game away was their inability to hang onto the ball, committing 24 turnovers.

“Turnovers are a concern,” admitted Mountain Lion coach Niki Melchiori.

“We need to take care of business,” Melchiori said. “By the end of January, hopefully we’ll be clicking.”

The Mountain Lions opened up a 42-29 lead in the third with a 14-1 run. Cortez led the Badgers back. She made a three pointer, buried two free throws, the defense got tough, and the deficit was down to 45-38.

Cortez finished the quarter with seven points, but Salaz also had seven in the quarter.

The Badgers surge continued into the fourth.

Cortez missed a layup, but then grabbed her own rebound and converted a three-point play. An open basket by the Badgers made it 45-43.

“They were a lot better than last year,” Salaz said. “They’re a young team.”

The Mountain Lions had a hard time putting the ball in the basket in the fourth period, but they converted their free throws and were 19-30 on the line for the night.

“We usually have a good fourth quarter,” Salaz said. “But not in the last two games.”

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Tuesday, September 30

Boys Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View at Haven Golf Course

Ironwood Ridge, Buena, Catalina at Rincon (Dell Urich)

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

Marana at CDO

Maricopa at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Vista Grande

Poston Butte at Catalina Foothills

San Miguel at Pusch Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Wednesday, October 1

Girls Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View vs. Ironwood Ridge (Omnu Tucson National)

CDO, Sunnyside at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Sabino at Catalina Foothills

Cross Country (4:30 p.m.)

Ironwood Ridge, Sahuarita at Flowing Wells (Columbus Park)

Marana, St. Gregory at Catalina Foothills

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

CDO at Ironwood Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills at CDO

JV Football (6.p.m.)

Marana at Maricopa

Salpointe at Mountain View

CDO at Catalina Foothills

Thursday, October 2

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Mountain View, St. Gregory’s, Pusch Ridge at Marana

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

Mountain View at Poston Butte

Catalina Foothills at Flowing Wells

Pusch Ridge at Willcox

Varsity Football (7p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills @ CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Rincon

Friday, October 3

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Girls Vollyeball (all day)

CDO, Catalina Foothills at Falcon Invitational

Cross Country

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Desert Twilight Festival

Varsity Footbal (7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at San Tan Valley

Saturday, October 4

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Swimming (all day)

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Brophy/Xavier Swim Invitational

Girls Volleyball (4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Desert Christian

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