Rough day for Gila Valley teams at state basketball tournament

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Valley Central: The Pima boys basketball team and likewise number-one seeds Thatcher and Fort Thomas girls basketball teams are the remaining representatives in the state basketball tournament and will play Saturday.

Numer one seeds only victors

By Jon Johnson

PRESCOTT VALLEY – It was a tough opening day for teams from the Gila Valley at the state basketball tournament, and only the three number-one seeds moved on to the second round.

Boys Basketball

The No. 1 Pima Roughriders (26-2) were challenged early by No. 16 Kingman Academy, with the teams knotted at 25-25 at halftime. Pima pulled away in the second half, however, and went on to dispatch Kingman, 64-47. Pima will next play No. 8 Horizon Honors (26-4) on Saturday at Yavapai Community College at 6 p.m. Horizon beat No. 9 Santa Cruz Valley, 75-61.

In the battle of the birds, the No. 7 Thatcher Eagles had high hopes entering the tournament but they were dashed by a tough No. 10 Piñon Eagles team, 59-50.

1A Action

Number 3 Fort Thomas was upset by No. 14 Superior, 48-39.

Girls Basketball

3A Action

The No. 8 Safford Bulldogs were bounced from the tournament by No. 9 Window Rock in Round Valley, 57-44.

2A Action

The No. 1 Thatcher Eagles easily dismissed No. 16 Round Valley, 45-25. Thatcher plays No. 9 Alchesay on Saturday at The Prescott Valley Events Center at 6 p.m. Alchesay dispatched No. 8 Gilbert Christian, 45-31.

The Thatcher Eagles move on to the second round in the state playoffs, Saturday.

1A Action

The No. 1 Fort Thomas Apaches bowled over No. 16 Fredonia, 62-21. The Apaches will play No. 8 Mogollon on Saturday at the Prescott Valley Events Center at 1:30 p.m. Mogollon beat No. 9 Ray, 57-51.

The Fort Thomas Apaches move on to the second round in the state playoffs, Saturday.

The No. 14 Duncan Wildkats were severely outsized by No. 3 The Gregory School and lost, 34-22.