Salt River gradually pulled away in the second half Friday afternoon and defeated Seligman, 59-47, in a 1A girls basketball semifinal game at Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.
Three Salt River players scored in double figures — Mikki Ramirez with 19 points, Monique Newton with 13 and Kelci Manuel with 10. Newton added 12 rebounds, eight assists and six steals. Salt River outscored Seligman 27-17 in the second half to improve to 32-4 on the season. Salt River faces Gila Bend for the 1A championship Saturday at 5 p.m. at Tim’s Toyota Center.
Mountain Pointe 78, Desert Ridge 76, OT: The Pride rallied with 23 points in the fourth quarter to force overtime, then scored with 7 seconds left in the extra period to beat Desert Ridge and win the 5A-I East Valley Region championship.
The Pride had a balanced attack with five players in double figures, led by Dada Jones and Michael Ramirez with 13 points each. Izzy Marshall and Tylor Wimbish each had 12 and Dan Coronado added 11.
D.J. Henderson led all scorers with 24 points for the Jaguars.
Santa Rita 70, Seton Catholic 48: Maryland-bound standout Terrell Staglin nearly outscored the Sentinels by himself, putting up 43 points for the Eagles in a quarterfinal-round game.
Seton started poorly, scoring just two points in the first quarter, and trailed 38-17 by halftime. Thomas Harty led Seton with 13 points and Justin Sieczkowski had 12.
The Sentinels finish their season with a 22-7 record.
Seton Catholic 48, Liberty 19: The Sentinels held visiting Liberty to three first-half points and cruised to an easy win in the state quarterfinals.
Kayla Bustos led all scorers with 16 points and Theresa Wirth added eight points and seven rebounds for the Sentinels.
Seton Catholic led 21-3 at halftime.
The Sentinels will face Williams Field in the semifinals Thursday at Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.
Scottsdale Christian 63, St. Johns 37: The Eagles got 20 points from Jake Cipolletti and 18 from John Irvine 18 in their first-round victory over St. Johns.
Judah St. Amand added 11 points for SCA, which improves to 26-1 on the season and will face Benson in state quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Saturday at Sandra Day O’Connor High School.