TUCSON - The rivalry game winner is Sabino. Again.
The Sabercats used a 22-5 1st half run to turn a nine-point deficit into an eight-point advantage on their way to a 51-41 win over Sahuaro in the final high school girls game Monday at the annual MLK Basketball Classic at McKale Center.
The loss was the first of the season for the Cougars (18-1) who are ranked 2nd in Conference 4A behind Chandler Seton Catholic Prep.
Sabino (16-4) currently sits No. 4 in Conference 3A and won their eastside showdown with the Cougars for a second straight year by double digits. American Leadership Academy-Gilbert North, Ganado and Page are the three teams ahead of the Sabercats right now in the 3A rankings.
Sabino won despite playing without starting point guard Kam'ren Rhodes, who is out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury. The sophomore was averaging 13 points and five assists when her season ended after nine games.
The Sabercats were led by Division I prospect Kiya Dorroh, who finished the game with 18 points. The junior is currently rated as a four-star recruit and is ranked 54th on ESPNW's HoopGurlz Recruiting Rankings Super 60 for the Class of 2021.
Dorroh narrowed her college choices in November down to North Carolina, Texas, Vanderbilt, Missouri and Nebraska.
Alyssa Brown, another of Southern Arizona's top female prospects, scored 17 points for Sahuaro, breaking a streak of eight straight games in which she had scored over 30 points. Brown is averaging 30 points and 10 rebounds on the season.
Here are all the scores from the games Monday at the MLK Classic:
- Amphi 45, Catalina 17
- Palo Verde 60, Rio Rico 49
- Sabino 51, Sahuaro 41
- Desert Christian 60, St. Augustine 52
- Casteel 75, Cienega 68
- Salpointe Catholic 70, Tucson 60
- Nogales 51, Cholla 47
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