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High school basketball has officially tipped off in Arizona for many teams as of Tuesday night.

Some teams have had to overcome multiple obstacles such as late coaching changes, players opting out because of COVID-19 and others transferring to prep schools. Until last week, it was unclear whether there even would be a winter sports season at all.

But after nearly 330 days of waiting for some teams, they were back on the hardwood Tuesday.

Who were the top stars on opening night? SBLive Arizona will be tracking the state's top performers every week throughout the season. If you have a player for the list, tag us on Twitter (@SBLiveAZ) or send an email to, and keep checking our homepage this week for breakdowns of more than 80 boys and girls teams around the state.

Here are some top highlights and impressive wins from opening night:


Top highlights

Notable wins

Corona del Sol def. Desert Vista 56-54 (region game)

Desert Ridge def. Highland 45-44 (region game)

Skyline def. Westwood 63-61 (region game)

Cactus Shadows def. McClintock 66-65 (region game)

Most lopsided wins

Paradise Honors def. Youngker 90-40 (region game)

Maricopa def. San Luis 73-24

Mesa def. Red Mountain 78-34 (region game)

Peoria def. Notre Dame Prep 71-34 (region game)

Agua Fria def. Lake Havasu 56-24 (region game)

Liberty def. Boulder Creek 91-63 (region game)


Top highlights

Notable wins

Gila Ridge def. Raymond S. Kellis 39-35 (region game)

Combs def. Vista Grande 47-44 (region game)

Mohave def. Lee Williams 41-38 (region game)

Most lopsided wins

Deer Valley def. Cactus 69-6 (region game)

Saguaro def. Marcos de Niza 78-15 (region game)

Westwood def. Skyline 77-25 (region game)

Casteel def. Higley 70-18 (region game)

Seton Catholic Prep def. ALA Queen Creek 68-28 (region game)

Boulder Creek def. Liberty 65-15 (region game)

Sunrise Mountain def. Centennial 79-34 (region game)

Maricopa def. San Luis 53-10 (region game)

Desert Edge def. Barry Goldwater 57-22 (region game)

Mountain Pointe def. Queen Creek 69-37 (region game)

Mountain Ridge def. Chaparral 68-37 (region game)

Paradise Valley def. Arcadia 49-20 (Region Game)

More basketball

We're breaking down every 6A boys and girls basketball team in the state for the 2020-21 season. Find all of the team previews on the SBLive Arizona homepage.