Big 4th quarter leads St. Michael girls

Big 4th quarter leads St. Michael girls

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Big 4th quarter leads St. Michael girls

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— St. Michael nearly completely shut down No. 15 St. David in the fourth quarter and broke away from a tight game for a 50-37 win in first-round action of the Division IV girls basketball tournament Tim’s Toyota Center.

St. Michael (16-14), the No. 18 seed, advanced and will take on second-seeded Tempe Prep at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Tim’s Toyota Center.

St. Michael limited St. David (11-9) to one field goal in the fourth quarter and outscored St.David, 14-8 in the quarter.

The surge that began late in the third quarter redirected St.David’s third-quarter momentum that lifted it to a 28-27 lead late in the third quarter.

“I just told them to play aggressive defense,” St. Michael coach Henry Moore said. “I told them to be patient on offense and to move the ball. This is the first time we put four quarters together.”

The St. Michael onslaught began late in the third quarter when Lakeisha Kee followed Cierra Moore’s two free throws with a 3-point shot that lifted St. Michael to a 36-29 lead after three quarters.

St. David’s Ashton Taylor scored from inside early in the fourth to trim the lead to 36-31, but St. Michael hit 6 of 9 free throws with Brooke Overturf hitting five during a 7-2 St. Michael run and a 43-33 lead.

Hunter Begaye scored off a drive and Tayla Tracey’s 3-point play iced the game shortly afterward.

“My two leaders (Cierra Moore and Overturf) came through,” Henry Moore said of his team’s late run. “We started to move the ball because we couldn’t get any long shots to fall.”

Begaye led all scorers with 14 points and Overturf added nine. Tracy and Moore had eight apiece and Kayla Yazzie six.

Chelsey Stover paced St. David with 14 points and Kayla Bradford had eight.

St.Michael held a 12-5 after one quarter but Mylee Mayberry buried a 3 and ShaeLynn Trejo and Bradfored scored on fast breaks consecutive times up the floor to give St.David its first lead, 28-27, late in the third quarter.

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