Story by James Kelley
Photo by Daniel Gaona
The Pima Community College women’s basketball team moved one step closer to returning to Nationals on Tuesday night.
The seventh ranked and top seeded Aztecs beat No. 4 seeded South Mountain Community College 65-55 to clinch a spot in the finals of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region I, Division II tournament.
Pima will face No. 2 seed Mesa Community College, which dispatched No. 3 seed Scottsdale Community College 56-46.
Sophomore guard Jessica Jones led all scorers with 17 points and tallied five steals.
Sophomore forward Tia Morrison recorded her customary double-double, garnering 15 points and 14 rebounds. Sophomore LeAndra Lucas scored 15 and shot 5-6 from the free throw line.
Pima hosts the Region championship on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Aztec Gym on the West Campus. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and free for kids under 12.