By Greg Perkins
The Lady Wildcats appear to be on a collision course with top ranked Salt River after winning their second round state tournament game in convincing fashion over Pima.
The fourth ranked Joseph City squad earned a first round bye and didn’t see much competition in the second round with a 49-16 win over Pima.
Thirteenth ranked Pima had no answer for the combination of Searra Hansen and Taylor Hill, who combined for 33 points. Hill connected on four of nine three-point attempts, netting 20 to singlehandedly outscore Pima.
The Lady Rough Riders scored four in the first, added five in the second and seven in the third, but the Lady Wildcat defense shut them out in the fourth.
Hansen finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Kristin Baldwin didn’t score, but also pulled down 12 boards. Brooke Baldwin finished with 8 points, Kayla Hughes added 6 and Madison Fields helped with 2.
The Lady Wildcats’ pressure defense forced 18 steals and they committed just nine turnovers.
Joseph City will now face No. 5 Fort Thomas at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, in a quarterfinal matchup in Prescott Valley. The Lady Apaches defeated Phoenix Country Day 69-61 to advance.
If the Lady Wildcats get the win, they would most likely match up with top seeded Salt River, which is unbeaten in power point games this year and should easily get past Rock Point in that quarterfinal game. That matchup, if it happens, will be in the semifinal round at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, in Prescott Valley. If the Lady Wildcats reach the finals, they would play in the championship game on Saturday, Feb. 23.
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By Greg Perkins