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IRHS girls defeat Tucson

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Posted: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 9:00 am

Brooke Seavitt started the night with a bang for Ironwood Ridge and teammate Kristen Dohm sealed the win as the Nighthawks won their 10th straight game and defeated Tucson 41-37.

The Nighthawks are ranked third in the state in 5A-II play, while Tucson is the fifth-seeded team in 5A-I play.

The Nighthawks ended their season this week with a game at Salpointe on Tuesday, and will host Rincon on Friday at 7 p.m.

Seavitt scored 15 of her game-high 17 points in the first half, when she made five of six shots from the floor.

“I’m kind of sick,” Seavitt admitted afterward. “I had to focus more on shooting.”

The Nighthawks opened the game with an 8-2 run, but the Badgers kept in the running with near-pinpoint shooting. A team that could either score in the paint or out on the perimeter, the visiting Badgers shot 60 percent in the first quarter and 45 percent for the night.

“They’re an athletic team,” Seavitt acknowledged. “They played tough.”

Dohm’s three-point basket, the Nighthawks only trey of the night, broke a 32-32 tie with 1:05 left in the game. Shortly afterward, Dohm followed up with a lay-up to make it 37-32.

Dohm finished with nine points on four-of-seven shooting. Sarah O’Keefe scored seven points and was 4-4 from the foul line for the Nighthawks.

In the second quarter, it looked like the Badgers’ hot-shooting offense would give them the lead. Then the Nighthawks closed on an 8-0 run for a 26-23 halftime lead.

“It was fun to watch,” said Nighthawks coach Don Dickinson. “We’re a very good shooting team.”

Defense ruled the roost in the third quarter with only 10 points scoring in the period. Seavitt cooled off, obviously fatigued by her illness.

However, Seavitt’s lay-up on a fast break gave the Nighthawks a 32-29 lead to open the fourth. That lead was short-lived when the Badgers’ Tracy Valdez buried a trey to tie. The game remained deadlocked until Dohm’s three-pointer more than three minutes later.

Valdez led the Badgers with 10 points on three three-pointers.

“We hope to close the season out strong,” Dickinson said. “We’re in control of our own destiny.”

The Nighthawks have a chance to host one or two playoff games, depending on what happens in the final week.

While the team is red-hot right now, there are still some areas that need sharpening going into the postseason.

“We’re not a great defensive team or rebounding team,” Dickinson said.

Going forward, Seavitt likes her team’s chances.

“When someone cools off,” Seavitt said, “another one steps up.”

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HS Schedule

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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