Warriors, Lancers and Hawks to play for state titles - Tucson News Now

Warriors, Lancers and Hawks to play for state titles

(Cover photo courtesy: Pubelo High Athletics) (Cover photo courtesy: Pubelo High Athletics)
Salpointe Catholic has won 10 straight games since a 5-15 start. Salpointe Catholic has won 10 straight games since a 5-15 start.
PHOENIX (Tucson News Now) -

2 Tucson teams walked into Grand Canyon University Arena on Friday and two teams are staying.

The 2nd-seeded Pueblo Warriors forced 30 turnovers thanks to 23 steals on their way to a 52-32 victory over Flagstaff in the Conference 4A girls’ state semifinal.

Senior point guard Ilyssa Galindo led Pueblo (29-2) with 12 points.

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Jasmine Belt had ten points and seven rebounds. Summer Fox provided six of the Warriors' 23 steals.

It is Pueblo’s first state championship game appearance. They will face top seed Chandler Seton Catholic (29-3) Saturday morning at 11:15 a.m. at GCU Arena

On the boys’ side, 11th seed Salpointe Catholic is returning to the state finals for a second consecutive year.

The Lancers (15-15) beat Buckeye Union 80-75 in overtime for a tenth straight victory.

Majok Denk (33) and Evan Nelson (31) combined for 64 of Salpointe Catholic’s 80 points.

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The Lancers title game rematch against defending champions Phoenix Shadow Mountain follows the Warriors' contest at GCU Arena with tipoff scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

In Conference 1A, The Gregory School will also be making a return appearance in the boys' state championship game.

The Hawks' (27-4) avenged their 2017 finals loss by beating NFL Yet Academy on Friday 81-66 in Prescott.

Addison Mort scored 33 points for TGS to join the school's 2,000-point club.

Gregory will play Fort Thomas on Saturday in a 1 p.m. tipoff at the Prescott Valley Events Center.

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