Today: Dec 05 , 2019

Sedona Red Rock Title Bid Comes Up Short 50-44

26 February 2018  
5 Liza Westervelt drives the lane against Leading Edge Academy in the championship game. Photo by Ron Williams

Private And Charter Schools take home State Championships  

1A Girls Championship
Score by Quarters- 1    2    3    4  - T
  Baboquivari           12  18     5    9 - 44
 St. Michael             11  24  15  12 - 60


The #2 seeded St. Michael Cardinals made it back to back championships with a 60-44 win over the #4 Baboquivari Warriors.

The Warriors opened up an early lead at 6-4 and at 17-14. Behind experienced players Jalynn Smith and Star Anderson turned the game around. Trailing 17-15, the Cardinals went on a 13-0 run midway through the second quarter to go up 28-17. The Warriors went on their own run of 9-0 to get back into the game, but trailed 35-30 at the break.


St. Michael came out and dominated the third quarter by scoring the first 13 points to lead 48-30, before the Warriors ended the run with a free throw with 2:08 remaining.

Baboquivari never threatened in the final eight minutes, as Jalynn Smith, who led all scorers with 17 points, kept the Cardinals securely on top.

St. Michael ends their second straight championship season at (25-6), while the Warriors of Baboquivari end a great season at (25-4).

1A Boys Championship
Score by Quarters-    1    2    3    4   - T
Fort Thomas               9  12   9   16  - 46
The Gregory School 18    9  17  21  - 65


Senior guard Addison Mort scored a game high 23 points and Tomari Harris scored 22, to lead The Gregory School Hawks to a 65-46 win over the Fort Thomas Apaches.

The Hawks, who fell in the final last year to NFL Yet, refused to be denied in this game.

Mort who was a dominate force on both ends of the court, picked up three first half fouls, with the Hawks on top 23-14. The Apaches took advantage to pull within six at the half, at 27-21.

The Gregory School came out strong in the third quarter, with Mort scoring the first five points. The Hawks stretched the lead to 44-30, with the final eight minutes left.

The Apaches continued to battle and got within eight at 44-36 with just under six minutes to play, but that would be as close as they would get. The Hawks went on a 9-0 run to put the game out of reach.


As the final seconds were ticking down, the Apaches defense backed off to allow Gregory School senior Conner Heros score the last basket of the game to bring the final to 65-46. It was a class act by Fort Thomas. Heros, who has cerebral palsy, has been involved with the program all four years.

Fort Thomas was led by senior forward Kobe Talgo, who scored 13 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter.

The Gregory School ends their championship season with a (26-4) record, while Fort Thomas finishes at (22-9).

2A Girls Championship
Score by Quarters-          1    2    3    4  - T
Leading Edge Academy 15  10  11  14 - 50
Sedona Red Rock            7    8   16  13 - 44


Leading Edge Academy Spartans claimed this years 2A girls title with a 50-44 win over the Sedona Red Rock Scorpions. The Spartans finished runner-up last year.

Chasing, but never able to catch, was what happened to the Sedona Red Rock Scorpions girls basketball team Saturday afternoon. The Scorpions almost climbed out of a big hole, getting within two with just under five minutes left, after trailing by as much as 15.

The Spartans opened up a 10-2 lead midway through the opening quarter. The Scorpions played evenly the remainder of the first quarter, but trailed 15-7.

Sedona's Jackie King picked up her third foul at 6:42 mark in the second quarter, which did not help the Scorpions cause. Liza Westerfelt drove to the basket for an old fashioned three point play in the final seconds, to cut the deficit to 25-15 at the half.


In the third quarter, the Scorpions put together a string of baskets by Mary Westervelt, Brittany Medel, Jo Tescano, and Liza Westervelt to get within six at 32-26 with two minutes left in the third.

In the fourth quarter, Liza Westervelt nailed a three pointer to cut the Leading Edge lead to 38-34 with seven minutes left. Still hanging around with just over four minutes left, Jo Toscano drilled a three, followed by a basket driving down the lane, it was 41-39. That would be as close as the Scorpions would get, as the Spartans worked the ball inside and converted on their free throw attempts down the stretch.

Jo Toscano led the Scorpions with 17 points, fellow senior Liza Westervelt scored 15 points.
Sedona Red Rock ends an amazing season at (27-2), while Leading Edge finished (27-4).

2A Boys Championship
 Score by Quarters -     1    2    3    4  -  T
 Rancho Solano Prep 18  20  10   21 - 69
 Alchesay                      5  12  19   26 - 62

The #4 seed Rancho Solano Mustangs held off a valiant effort by the #2 Alchesay Falcons to win the D2 championship 69-62. Despite the difference in score early, the game was intense throughout, thankful partly to the outstanding fan support by Alchesay.


The Falcons held the ball for the opening minute but their first shot attempt missed, then the Mustangs used the next minute to roll off nine straight points.Things got worse for Alchesay as they struggled shooting from the floor and the line. The Falcons trailed by as many as 23 in the first half, 32-9 with 3:27 to play in the second quarter.

With height advantage in every position, Rancho Solano took the ball to the basket throughout the contest. Hunter Ruck at 6'9" and 6'8" Nikc Jackson were impacting the game early on. Things did change in the second half. Alchesay dug deep and battled hard with tenacious defense throughout, and as the shots began to fall, so came the comeback.

Down 38-17 at the half, the Falcons put together a solid third quarter, outscoring the Mustangs by nine to get within 48-36. Each point the Falcons scored, so did the decibel level by the Alchesay crowd. Kellen Parrish and San Juan Slick started hitting the shots that had alluded them for most of the first half.


Alchesay kept scratching and clawing, but only managed to get within 11 in the next four minutes. The Mustangs called a timeout with 3:26 to play, forcing the Falcons to eventually foul, when they could not get a steal. What also made it tough was Parrish fouled out. San Juan Slick went to work nailing two threes in the final minute to pull the Falcons to within 67-62 with just :08 to play. A pair of Rancho Solano free throws ended the scoring.

Rancho Solano ends their championship season at (28-5), while Alchesay finishes (34-2).

Ron Williams

Ron Williams is the advisor, broadcaster, and sportswriter for the BBN, Badger Broadcasting Network. The BBN is a community club for high school students enrolled in the Prescott Unified School District.