The Maricopa High School boys and girls basketball teams won their first round games in their respective sectional tournaments.
The girls defeated Queen Creek, 82-55, Tuesday night in Division II Section VI play. It was the second time this season the Rams defeated the Bulldogs.
Next up is eighth-ranked Mesa. That game is tonight at 5:15 at Marcos de Niza High School. The Rams, ranked sixth in Division II, lost to the Jackrabbits by 20 points in December.
The MHS girls are 22-5 overall.
Over in Division III Section V, the Maricopa boys defeated Blue Ridge, 74-53, Wednesday. The Rams had defeated the Yellowjackets less than a month ago by a much tighter score.
The Rams play second-ranked Scottsdale Christian on Friday at 7 p.m. at Valley Christian High School.
Maricopa is 17-10 overall.