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The Lady Tigers have plenty to look up for as they seek the 1A state basketball championship.

ST. DAVID — The St. David Tigers girls basketball team showed why they are in first place in the 1A state ranking on Friday, defeating Mohave Accelerated 72-16 in front of the Tigers’ home court fans in the regional tournament.

The Tigers took to the court determined to prove their number one state ranking with a 27-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. They never looked back, building their lead to 47-7 at the end of the half. The third quarter the Tigers remained strong, building their lead to 62-11 before ending the game with a 72-16 regional victory.

“We came into this game ready to play,” senior co-captain Jaylin Richardson said. “We took it seriously and came out with the win. Whoever we play in the state games, they will be good games but we will need to play all of them with the same intensity.”

Senior co-captain Kyra Richardson agreed. “We came out with the right mindset to play hard and win. We have a good chance at the state title and, if we do our best, we can win it. I think we are ready for state this year because we have the talent, the right coaches, and the right mindset to win.”

Leading the Tigers on the court against Mohave were: Kyra Richardson with 16 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, and 1 assist; Hannah Allred with 15 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, and 7 assists; Jaelyn Goodman with 9 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals; Sydney Klump with 8 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, and 4 assists; Brylee Murray with 7 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, and 3 assists; Jaylin Richardson with 6 points, 6 rebounds, 7 steals, and 3 assists; Alana Jones with 6 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals; Kayla Judd with 4 points and 6 rebounds; Taylee Jacquez with 2 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 steal; and Akira Jones with 2 points and 4 rebounds.

“Our players keep improving with every practice, every game,” St. David varsity coach Laron Richardson said. “We have the skills and talent, now we just need to put it all together consistently for these last three games at the state championships.” Coach Richardson is assisted by Shaye Klump, Seneca Richardson, and Breanna Tillet.

The Tigers, ranked first in the 1A bracket, are currently 17-1 for the regular season, and 27-3 overall for the year (which includes all tournament games). They will be playing in the first round of the state championships on Thursday at Toyota Center in Prescott at noon against the eighth ranked Grand Canyon High School.

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