TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The teams with the two best players trailed throughout Saturday night at Amphi High School but in the end both the Cholla boys and Tucson girls walked away with Section championships thanks to those top players.
Jorge Carrasco scored a game-high 26 points including the game-winning layup with seven seconds to play to give the Chargers (24-1) a 54-52 win over the Badgers while on the girls' side, the Badgers Alexis Cortez scored 23 to lead Tucson High to a 44-38 triumph over Ironwood Ridge.
The Cholla boys and Tucson girls win the Division II Section VI Championships and will now await their seeding for the state tournament. Seedings will be announced on Sunday.
In the boys nightcap, Tucson (20-9) led by as many as seven early and by three at the half, but Carrasco dominated in the third quarter to bring the Chargers back for a 20th straight win.
The senior point guard nailed three pointers as well as scored off dribble penetration.
Cholla is currently ranked 3rd in Division II.
Parker Trujillo finished with 19 points for Tucson.
The top-seed Badger girls fell behind Ironwood Ridge early and had deficits of as many as 11 thanks to some strong three-point shooting by the Nighthawks.
But just like the Cholla boys, Tucson's star Alexis Cortez awoke in the third quarter and ignited the comeback.
The Badgers turned up the defensive intensity to start the fourth and took the lead (37-36) with just over four minutes to play when Ajonay Hodges putback a Bailey Johnson miss.
Tucson head coach Annette Gutierrez then made a brilliant tactical move that helped seal the game.
The Badgers got the ball back with just over three minutes to play after a Nighthawk turnover. Gutierrez then instructed her team not to shoot and to try and kill as much clock as possible.
Tucson (25-5) effectively ran off two minutes before Ironwood Ridge (23-7) finally committed enough fouls to send them to the free throw line.
Marissa Miller nailed two foul shots to put Tucson up 39-36 and the Badgers were able to ice the game at the charity stripe.
The Nighthawks scored just two points in the final quarter.
Over at Cholla High School, it was a clean sweep for Cienega in the Division II Section II Championships.
The Bobcat girls beat Pueblo 66-39 while the boys took down Nogales 65-51.