Red Mountain fell to Laveen Cesar Chavez, 64-51, in the quarterfinals of the Division I state tournament on Tuesday at ASU's Wells Fargo Arena.
Cesar Chavez will face Pinnacle in a Div. I semifinal Thursday at 6 p.m. at Jobing.com Arena.
The Mountain Lions turned the ball over 16 times in the first half and trailed 29-25 at halftime. Red Mountain is a team that tries to make the extra pass, but early in the game, Chavez routinely stepped into those passing lanes.
"You can't turn the ball over against anybody, but you really can't turn the ball over against good teams," Red Mountain coach Greg Sessions said. "All year long we have worked on making the extra pass and when you make the extra pass you are going to have turnovers, but their pressure exaggerated that."
The Lions held an 18-12 lead at the end of the first quarter thanks to great inside play and good defense. In the second quarter, however, the turnovers started to hurt when the Champions took advantage with a couple of fast break layups. JD Reagan scored seven straight points in a run that gave Chavez the four-point lead at intermission.
Red Mountain reclaimed the lead with a 14-3 run in the middle of the third quarter. Lions' guards Logan Larsen and Kevin Torres led the charge with outside shooting, and that set up drives which led to trips to the foul line.
But that lead was short-lived and the last lead of the game for Red Mountain when the Champions went on an 11-0 run to end the third quarter. Reagan once again led the charge for Chavez after he ended the third quarter with a three-point bank shot at the buzzer. Reagan started the fourth quarter with another trey that gave the Champions the biggest lead of the game for either team at 49-39. Reagan finished with a game-high 25 points, including four from behind the arc.
"Our bigs did a good job of finishing early and we did a good job at kicking it out to the outside shooters early," Sessions said. "I don't know if it was an adjustment that Chavez made or something that we did, but we had a hard time finishing after that."
Torres led the Mountain Lions with 11 points and Larson added 10. Red Mountain finished the season at 23-10 overall.