Scottsdale Saguaro girls breeze by Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep

Scottsdale Saguaro girls breeze by Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep

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Scottsdale Saguaro girls breeze by Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep

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When Scottsdale Notre Dame topped Scottsdale Saguaro by 17 in a Division II game more than a month ago, Notre Dame coach Andy Kiltz credited his defense for holding Saguaro to 23 percent shooting.

No such praise was doled out after the rematch. Saguaro started hot, finished that way, and Notre Dame got burned en route to Saguaro’s 67-51 home win Friday.

“I didn’t think we got back in transition very well tonight,” Kiltz said. “They got more layups than we did.”

Saguaro (17-8) got a little more of everything. The game began with a 9-0 Saguaro run, forcing Notre Dame (15-6) to play catchup for most of the first half.

Saguaro made 10 of its first 18 shots, but that was only enough to spot it a 23-18 lead. When Saguaro suddenly went cold — making just two of its final nine first-half attempts from the field — Notre Dame fought back to take a 30-29 halftime lead.

“We settled down,” Kiltz said.

Settling had something to do with Saguaro’s brief struggles, too, although it involved settling for poor shots.

“Sometimes we rush, take the first shot,” Saguaro coach Chris YoungCQ said. “If we slow down, run through our stuff, make them work a little bit, our offense looks a lot better.”

Saguaro stayed patient in the second half, working through its halfcourt offense. Points were difficult to come by at first, but hard-nosed defense kept Notre Dame at bay.

Notre Dame scored just five points in the third quarter, going 2 of 12 from the field. Saguaro led by 10 entering the fourth.

“That’s a huge defensive effort,” Saguaro coach Chris Young said.

That’s when things took off. Notre Dame applied a press, but Saguaro broke it like a wishbone. Saguaro went on a 17-0 run, fighting from a tie at 35 to up 52-35.

Saguaro made 8 of 11 shots in the fourth quarter and shot 49 percent for the game. Meanwhile, Notre Dame sank just 34.5 percent of its attempts.

Saguaro junior Casey Rarrick had 18 points, five assists, four rebounds, three steals and a block. Sophomore point guard Jelani Huma added 11 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals. Naomi Reyes and Kayla Mullen had 12 and 10 points, respectively.

For Notre Dame, Mollie Hughes had 18 points and Monica Turley had 14.

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