By BETO HOYOS
Pima Community College defeated Mesa Community College 61-58 in an overtime thriller on Feb. 8.
“We just made one more shot than the other team,” head coach Todd Holthaus said.
Mesa tied the game toward the end of regulation and extended the game to overtime.
“Mesa and Pima games are epic and today proved no different,” Holthaus said.
With time running down, Felicia Foster found Alicia Jones open from deep as time expired. The Aztecs stormed the court in celebration.
“A great win against a great team,” Holthaus said.
Jones finished with 26 points and nine rebounds. Foster had nine points.
On Feb. 5, Pima defeated South Mountain Community College 75-53.
Coming out of the half, the Aztecs hunkered down defensively and held on to a comfortable lead. The largest lead for the Aztecs was 75-50.
Jayla Brown hit four shots from deep and finished the game with 12 points. Raja Moreno-Ross had 20 points and 11 rebounds.
On Feb. 1, the Aztecs defeated Scottsdale Community College 64-63.
The first half saw both teams exchange leads. After halftime, the Aztecs held leads that never surpassed six points.
“There were a few bad calls and we weren’t making our free throws but we did stick together,” Holly Bolen said.
With 1:03 seconds left to play, Melody McLaughlin found Foster open for a three. After a few possessions of fighting back, Scottsdale hit an open three that cut the lead to two with 21 seconds left.
“Coach always talks about playing for a full 40 minutes, not 38, not 20, but 40 and that game was not a reflection of that,” Bolen said.
Moreno-Ross tallied her tenth double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 boards. Rachel Williams finished with a team-high 13 points off the bench and Foster finished with 12 points.
On Jan. 29, the Aztecs broke a losing streak when they defeated Phoenix College 81-65 and swept the season series.
Pima took an early lead with a 15-0 run. The biggest lead of the game came after McLaughlin hit a three and put the Aztecs up 34-17.
Coming out of halftime, Phoenix College cut into the Aztecs’ lead and trailed by five. The Aztecs responded by going on an 8-0 run.
Moreno-Ross led the team in scoring, finishing with 17 points. Jones had 16 points and seven rebounds. McLaughlin finished with 12 points and Williams had 12 points off the bench.