Less than 24 hours after an impressive performance against crosstown rival Coconino at home, the Flagstaff girls basketball team scored a regular-season high Saturday on the road against Saguaro, pushing its win streak to three games.
The 4A Conference win came courtesy the strong play of the team's youth.
Freshman Gracelyn Nez dropped 21 points, sophomore Aaliah Tsosie made an impact down the stretch and the No. 5 Eagles (9-2, 6-0 Grand Canyon Region) beat the 19th-ranked Sabercats 67-60 in Scottsdale.
Nez, who flirted with a triple-double on Friday night, scored seven points in the fourth quarter and went 4 for 4 at the free-throw line Saturday. Overall, she was 6 of 8 from the foul stripe in the win.
Meanwhile, Tsosie scored her eight total points, all in the second half, and hit her only two free throws of the night in the fourth quarter.
Another young Eagle player had a break-through night. Freshman Breonna Curtis finished with 10 points, with six falling in the fourth quarter of the comeback victory.
Flagstaff faced a 34-19 deficit at halftime, but made a charge in the final 16 minutes. The Eagles outscored the Sabercats 21-9 in the fourth after going toe-to-toe in the third, handing their foe its third straight loss.
Josephine Faull and Emma Doskicz each contributed eight points for the Eagles, who shot 13 for 16 at the charity stripe while the Sabercats ended up at 11 of 16. Moreover, both teams had five 3-pointers in the game.
Flagstaff starts a seven-game homestand Tuesday when it returns to region play against Lee Williams, which will bring a five-game win streak to the War Memorial Gymnasium.
SAND DEVILS 53, HORNETS 38
Page's girls started their Saturday home matinee with Ganado slowly, then turned it on for a victory.
Ganado, No. 17 in 3A power points, kept No. 7 Page off the scoreboard for the first five minutes and led 5-0. Page (9-1, 3-0 North) turned on the pressure in the region matchup to help force 32 Ganado turnovers and hand its opponent its second loss in as many games.
Page took off on a 23-6 run in the first half to take command. The defending state champions led 27-17 at halftime and did not lead by fewer than eight points as they wound up hoisting 56 shots in a fast-paced contest.
Amy Yellowman came off the bench to lead Page with 11 points, and Camryn Nockideneh added 10. The Hornets (4-6, 1-3) were led by Abigail Benally's 12 points. She was 5 of 16 from the field.
Page will host No. 11 Chinle on Tuesday night and then travel to Fort Defiance Saturday to meet No. 4 Window Rock.
SPARTANS 53, SCORPIONS 49
Simon Trebon scored a season-high 18 points on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range, Jack Berger was strong inside with 16 points and Northland Prep beat Sedona Red Rock at home, snapping a five-game skid.
Trebon finished his night 6 of 9 from the field and added seven rebounds, while Berger went 7 for 10 from the field to go with eight rebounds. The seniors helped hold off a Scorpions comeback for the Spartans, who led 31-13 at the break but were outscored 26-22 in the second half.
Fred Gooding and Hayden Andersen each had five points for Northland Prep, which hadn't had a regular-season victory over Sedona since the 2014-15 season.
Northland Prep (4-5, 2-3 Central) shot 20 for 47 overall from the field against struggling Sedona (1-10, 1-5 Central). Berger was also 2 of 4 from long range.
The Spartans remain at home to face North Pointe Prep Tuesday for a 7 p.m tipoff.
SAND DEVILS 64, HORNETS 25
Page's boys tuned up for a shot at top-ranked Chinle Tuesday night with a rout of 35th-ranked Ganado Saturday in Page.
The 13-3 Sand Devils, No. 10 in 3A despite losing just once in power points games, seized a 17-4 lead after one quarter and breezed behind three players in double figures. Jonah Holiday led all scorers with 15 points, including 11 in the third quarter. Dainian Sloan added 11 and Benjamin Alvarez had 10.
Page will meet Chinle at home Tuesday. The Wildcats are 11-0 in games applied to power points. They played into the state final four last February, while Page was eliminated in the Round of 16.
Page and Ganado may have combined to set an arena record in the 3-point era. The teams were a combined 0 of 21 from beyond the arc. Ganado missed all 14 attempts and Page came up empty on seven. Page was 25 of 50 from the field in all, Ganado 7 of 38.