Tempe Corona del Sol and Chandler played twice during the regular season, with each team claiming a victory on the other’s home floor.
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Corona del Sol, the 18th seed in the Division I state tournament, won again as the visitor Wednesday, beating No. 15 Chandler 58-45 to advance to the second round.
“I don’t know what’s going on with that,” Corona del Sol coach Andrew Strom said of the apparent home-court disadvantage. “A few years back, we could never beat them at all, so to win twice here during the year is very special.”
Corona del Sol (16-13) didn’t take control of the game until near the end of the third quarter, as Chandler (17-11) led by one about midway through.
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But Corona closed the quarter on an 11-2 run to go up 42-34, and held Chandler at bay in the fourth.
Senior guard Taylor Kalmer scored 10 of her game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter for Corona del Sol.
Kalmer was Corona’s only reliable offensive threat last season but this year has help from players such as sophomore forward Leilani Peat, who scored 15 points Wednesday.
“She’s just kind of adapted,” Strom said of Kalmer. “Her scoring might have been sacrificed a little bit this year, but what Leilani has provided is a second person that other teams have a lot of trouble with.”
Corona del Sol, which lost in the second round last season, will go on the road again to play No. 2 Peoria Liberty for a spot in the Division I quarterfinals. That game will be Friday at 7 p.m.
Other Division I 1st-round highlights
-Chandler Basha and Avondale Westview provided plenty of opening-round drama, going to overtime before No. 13 Basha emerged with a 57-56 victory over No. 20 Westview. Alyssa Deutsch made a free throw with 3.5 seconds left in overtime to put Basha up, then missed the second foul shot but came up with the rebound amid a scramble as the clock ran out.
–No. 16 Mesa Mountain View squeaked out a 37-36 win over No. 17 Phoenix Alhambra. Tennille Heywood hit the game-winning jumper with 3.5 seconds left, and Alhambra missed its final two shot attempts at the buzzer. Mountain View was without leading scorer Armani Hawkins, out after suffering a concussion, though coach Henry Bribiescas said Hawkins is probable for Friday’s second-round matchup with top-seeded Phoenix Desert Vista.
-No. 21 Gilbert scored a 47-40 upset of No. 12 Laveen Betty Fairfax, holding off a late Fairfax surge. Shayla Huskey had a double double with 19 points and 11 rebounds for Gilbert. “We executed solid team defense. Offensively we were patience and disinclined. A great team win,” Gilbert coach Wayne Brimley said.
-No. 9 Scottsdale Chaparral set up perhaps the most intriguing matchup of the second round, beating No. 24 Mesa Red Mountain 59-34. Kayla Shaw led all scorers with 19 points and freshman Summer Menke pulled down seven offensive rebounds. Chaparral will face No. 8 Gilbert Mesquite on Friday.
-No. 10 Phoenix Horizon easily took care of No. 23 Glendale Raymond S. Kellis, winning 53-25. Andie Easley had 16 points and seven assists to lead Horizon.
Division II highlights
-No. 18 Phoenix South Mountain and No. 15 Phoenix Arcadia went down to the wire, with Arcadia escaping with a 45-44 victory. Jalicia Williams hit two free throws with 1.2 seconds left to lift Arcadia. Williams had 12 points, Andrea Goulette led Arcadia with 17 and Zion Green grabbed 16 rebounds. Najiyyah Pack had 19 points in a losing effort for South Mountain.
-Prescott and Tucson Pueblo needed overtime to settle their first-round game, with No. 19 Prescott eventually taking a 63-56 win over No. 14 Pueblo.
-No. 22 Goodyear Desert Edge took down No. 11 Marana, winning 45-35. Aisha Thomas had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Desert Edge, and Ashley Fawcett added 10 points. “A strong first quarter put us in position to take control of the game, and we were fortunate to fend off a great defensive effort by (Marana) the rest of the way,” Desert Edge coach Heidi Behnke said.
-In the night’s only all-Tucson matchup, No. 10 Sahuaro blew out No. 23 Flowing Wells by the final of 65-26. “Scoring was pretty spread out,” Sahuaro coach Steve Botkin said. Sam Hacker led the way with 17 points, Reazsha Benjamin added 15 and Sahuaro had three other players score at least seven.
-No. 9 Oro Valley Ironwood Ridge had four players score in double figures in a 64-45 victory over No. 24 Yuma Gila Ridge. The win was Ironwood Ridge’s 24th of the season, tying the program record.
Division III highlights
-Sydni Stallworth poured in a season-high 39 points to lead No. 19 Tucson Palo Verde to a 69-61 upset of No. 14 Fort Defiance Window Rock.
-Not to be outdone, No. 22 Thatcher upended No. 11 San Carlos, winning 56-46.
-And in an even bigger upset, the lowest seed in the tournament got in on the fun, as No. 24 Chinle shocked No. 9 Camp Verde with a 43-36 victory.
-The other five high seeds managed to escape the chaos, all winning by double digits.
Photos: 2015 high school girls basketball state tournament
Goodyear Millennium’s Passionate Amukamara and Raina Perez celebrate their 45-31 win over Surprise Valley Vista during their Division I girls basketball state tournament quarterfinals game Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 in Phoenix, Ariz.