HOOPS RECORDS: Alexis Cortez & Desirae Gonzalez climbing scoring ladder

January 24, 2016 by Andy Morales, AZPreps365


Tucson High senior Alexis Cortez is continuing her climb up the career scoring list for the state of Arizona.  The East Carolina commit is now eighth on that list with 2,319 career points. With four regular season games remaining and possibly a sectional game and a state playoff game in the mix, ending in the top five is within reach.

The fifth spot is occupied by former Mountain Pointe standout Nicole Powell (2,478 career points). The Republic named Powell the "Player of the Century." Powell went on to play for Stanford, was a member of Team USA, played in the WNBA and is now an assistant coach at Oregon.

The top spot on the list belongs to former University of Arizona standout Julie Brase Hairgrove. Hairgrove played at Catalina Foothills where she scored 2,913 career points. No player has come close to that mark in 18 years.

Hairgrove has been an assistant coach with the Phoenix Mercury since 2005.

Cortez is only 47 points away from the number seven spot which is currently held by former Cibola and NAU standout Alyssa Wahl (2,366).

Wahl went on to become the career scoring leader at NAU (1,678) and helped lead the program to it's only NCAA appearance.

Kingman senior and Nevada-Reno commit Desirae Gonzalez is 16th on the list with 2,109 career points. She has a shot to finish in the top ten by the time she is finished.


Arizona Career Scoring Leaders: Girls (ABCA)

1 Julie Brase, Catalina Foothills (2,913) 1994-1998

2 Kayla Pedersen, Red Mountain (2,611) 2003-2007

3 Christina Wirth, Seton Catholic (2,550) 2001-2005

4 Ashley Wirtzberger, Yuma Catholic/Gila Bend (2,505) 2006--2010

5 Nicole Powell, Mountain Pointe (2,478) 1996-2000

6 Olivia Snyder, Green Fields (2,382) 2009-2013

7 Alyssa Wahl, Cibola (2,366) 1999-2003

8 Alexis Cortez, Tucson (2,319) 2012-16

9 Wendy Woudenberg, Scottsdale Christian (2,295) 2001-2005

10 Marie Folsom, Corona del Sol (2,270) 1990-1994

11 Brooke Jackson, Mesa Mountain View (2,250) 2003-2007

12 Dymond Simon, St. Mary's (2,189) 2002-2006

13 Sydni Stallworth, Palo Verde (2,182) 2011-2015

14 Shawn Coder, Willcox (2,162) 1986-1990

15 Amy Showers, Camp Verde (2,161) 2001-2005

16 Desirae Gonzalez, Kingman (2,109) 2012-16

16 Sonia Bribiescas, Superior (2,109) 1984-1988

18 Paula Pyers, Santa Rita (2,082) 1980-1984

19 Theresa Wirth, Seton Catholic (2,080) 2007-2010

20 Kalie Matthes, O'Connor (2,068) 2008-2012

21 Camille Zimmerman, Tempe Prep (2,054) 2010-2014

22 Taneisha Gossett, Flowing Wells (2,043) 1990-1994