Div. IV girls basketball: No. 2 Tempe Prep rolls over St. Michaels

Div. IV girls basketball: No. 2 Tempe Prep rolls over St. Michaels

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Div. IV girls basketball: No. 2 Tempe Prep rolls over St. Michaels

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PRESCOTT VALLEY – Defending champions or not, the first game of a state tournament often brings jitters and No. 2 seed Tempe Prep was not immune.

“It was our first game and we had jitters,” said Tempe Prep girls basketball coach Nancy Callahan, whose club managed to finally slip away from No. 18 Tucson St. Michael 56-36 in second-round play of the Division IV girls state basketball tournament at Tim’s Toyota Center.

Camille Zimmerman led all scorers with 26 points and Lisa Dischinger scored eight for Tempe Prep (25-7), which outscored St. Michael 20-6 in the third quarter to put away what had been a tight game.

Tempe Prep advanced to Thursday’s 3 p.m. quarterfinal against No. 10 Phoenix Arizona Lutheran, a 28-27 winner over No. 7 Tucson Desert Christian. Arizona Lutheran defeated Tempe Prep, 53-51, in the final region game this season.

Zimmerman scored eight points during the big Tempe Prep third quarter.

“Camille is our go-to girl,” Callahan said. “But we need other people to step up. We can’t always depend on Camille.”

Tempe Prep opened an 11-0 lead and led 14-7 after one quarter and 24-16 at the half.

Sharp-shooting St. Michael guard Brooke Overturf finished with 16 points and kept St. Michael in the game. Overturf hit a couple of free throws and then a three-point shot to cut the Tempe Prep led to 30-21 midway through the third quarter just before Zimmerman and Tempe Prep closed the quarter with a 14-0 run to open a commanding 44-22 lead and Callahan got to see Tempe Prep’s offense finally running to its full capacity.

“When we run our offense right, about 80 percent of our offense comes form jump shots in the lane,” Callahan said. “We missed a lot of our little bunny shots early and it was killing us.”

Callahan welcomes a rematch with Arizona Lutheran.

“We’d have some redemption against them,” she said. “We played so poorly that night and we played poorly defensively and they beat us.”

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