April Martinez

April Martinez, seen here shooting a free throw in a Feb. 13 tournament play-in game at home against Palo Verde, scored 26 points Wednesday as the Rio Rico Hawks beat Greenway in Phoenix.

The No. 13-seeded Rio Rico High School girls basketball team upset No. 4 Greenway in the 4A Conference state tournament on Wednesday in Phoenix, 57-50.

The win means the Hawks advance to play in a tournament quarterfinal game on Saturday at No. 5 Flagstaff.

Rio Rico bolted to a 19-6 lead after one quarter on Wednesday thanks to April Martinez, who hit four three-pointers and scored 14 points in the frame.

Greenway narrowed the lead to 30-29 at the half, but the Hawks outscored their hosts 17-11 in the third quarter to give themselves some breathing room heading into the final eight minutes.


Hawk players Luisayde Chavez, foreground right, and Nicolette Pesqueira, background left, celebrate the win at Greenway High School.

Rio Rico iced the game in the final quarter by shooting 8-for-10 from the free throw line.

Martinez finished with 26 points, followed by Luisayde Chavez with 19 and Nicolette Pesqueira with nine.

The Hawks have now won 10 games in a row and are 16-4 overall after defeating Greenway, a team that entered Wednesday’s game 16-2, with its only two previous losses coming to No. 2-ranked Shadow Mountain.

Saturday’s quarterfinal game gives the Hawks a chance to avenge a 67-64 loss at Flagstaff last year that ended their season in the first full round of the state tournament.

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