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December 30, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Cleveland girls score big upset in Arizona tournament

HNA_CLEV_171891.JPG Cleveland celebrates its win over Holy Names in the 3A title game last season. Photo by Jim Bates / The Seattle Times.

The Cleveland girls basketball team, the reigning Class 3A champions, rallied for a big upset on Wednesday, knocking off Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills, Calif.), 52-51, at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, Ariz.

Makayla Roper hit a three-pointer with 1.9 seconds left to seal the win for the Eagles, who trailed most of the game.

Roper finished with 18 points.

Oak Ridge beat national power Long Beach Poly to win the Division I California state championship in 2010, led by current Stanford player Sara James, so this was a big win for Cleveland, which is 5-1 and ranked No. 5 in 3A.

— In another girls basketball highlight from Wednesday night Cedar Park Christian’s Rachel Staudacher, a 6-1 point guard, had 33 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds during a 61-48 win over Lake Roosevelt at the Chelan Holiday Hoops Tournamnet.

Staudacher scored 14 points in fourth quarter.

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