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Saguaro girls basketball rallies to beat Bradshaw Mountain

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Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 11:11 pm | Updated: 11:11 pm, Tue Feb 19, 2013.

Saguaro found its shooting touch just in time.

The Sabercats buried four 3-pointers in the final quarter Tuesday to knock off No. 1-seeded Prescott Valley Bradshaw Mountain, 41-40, in the quarterfinals of the girls Division II state basketball tournament on Tuesday at Jobing.com Arena.

No. 8 Saguaro (24-9) will face No. 5 Peoria Liberty (22-6) in the semifinals at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at Jobing.com Arena. Liberty toppled No. 4 Phoenix Thunderbird, 53-50, on Tuesday.

"We are capable of shooting like that so it was a frustrating first three quarters," Saguaro coach Chris Young said. "Once one went it seemed like our confidence started going. It came at a perfect time."

Saguaro trailed 35-28 with just under four minutes to go but a bucket by Kiley Davis and a subsequent 3-pointer by Jelani Huma cut the Bradshaw Mountain lead to 35-33 with 3:18 remaining.

Bradshaw Mountain (30-2) seemed to get a bit rattled and turned the ball over which led to a 3-pointer by Saguaro's Naomi Reyes. The Sabercats led for the first time in the game, 36-35, with 2:41 left.

"We just played really solid defense and made things difficult for them," Young said. "Being able to shoot like that does break a team sometimes but I don't think they were ever out of it."

Bradshaw tied the time at 36 on the next possession when Ashlie Dowdy hit 1-of-2 free throws but Reyes hit another jumper to put Saguaro ahead 38-36 with 2:05 left.

Bradshaw's Kylie Morris converted two free throws again to tie the game but Huma was able to find some daylight and buried a triple to put Saguaro ahead 41-38 with just under 50 seconds left.

"If I am open, I am going to shoot it," said Huma, who finished with 11 points. "I knew they had to start following eventually so I hoped for the best. We needed it."

Bradshaw elected to score a quick two with 39.4 remaining and then had to commit three fouls in succession to push Saguaro into the bonus with only 4.3 seconds left.

Huma missed the front end of the bonus free throws but Bradshaw's desperation heave fell short.

"I really feel like we can win this whole thing if our team plays the basketball we know that we can," Huma said.

Saguaro's Casey Rarrick had a team-high 15 points, including a 3-pointer to open the scoring in the fourth.

Bradshaw Mountain's Kylie Morris had eight of the Bears fourth-quarter points and finished with a game-high 26 points.

Saguaro 4 9 12 16 - 41

Bradshaw Mountain 7 10 14 9 - 40

Saguaro - Rarrick 15, Huma 12, Reyes 11, Davis 2, Rollins 1.

Bradshaw Mountain - Morris 24, Olivas 9, Clark 4, Banks 2, Dowdy 1.

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