Lady Bearcats set to make bid for state title

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Ray High Bearcats

  All year long, the Ray girls’ basketball team has been one of the state’s best teams and now it will begin its final quest to prove it is the best. 

  The No. 9-seed Lady Bearcats, who finished the year with a 20 – 7 record, will take on No. 8-seed Mogollon in the 1A State Championship Tournament on Thursday at Yavapai Community College in Prescott.

  Ray, led by super-freshman Shelby Yocum, has won six of its last seven games entering Thursday’s first-round game. Mogollon finished the year 18 – 6, going undefeated (14 – 0) to the claim the 1A Central Region Championship.

  The Lady Cats were second in the 1A East Region, behind top-seed Ft. Thomas, the team the Ray will face in the second round with a win on Thursday.

  Thursday’s game is scheduled to tipoff at 1:30 p.m.

  Visit www.azpreps365.com to view the complete state tournament brackets for all conferences.

Andy Luberda (917 Posts)

Andy Luberda began writing for Copper Area News Publishers (CANP) in February 2013 after working15 years in Healthcare Financial Management. Andy covers sports for eight high schools. His stories are published in the Southeast Valley Ledger, Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner and Superior Sun. Additionally, he has written human interest stories and business profiles. In May 2012, he earned an AAS in Sports Management at Central Arizona College. Andy is currently earning a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from ASU’s Hugh Downs School of Communication. Andy is scheduled to complete his degree December 2014. He was born and raised in Des Plaines, Ill. In 1992, he relocated to Arizona. After a short return to Des Plaines in 1997, he returned to the Phoenix area two years later. He and his wife, Kelli, have three sons – AJ, Kyle, and Kade.


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