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Arizona women’s basketball coaches share their thoughts on the Open Division

Arizona women's basketball coaches share their thoughts on the Open Division

On Wednesday night, Surprise Valley Vista won its fifth 6A women’s basketball title in six years. A day earlier, Goodyear Millennium had made a quadruple in 5A.

Tucson Salpointe Catholic broke the trend of back-to-back titles on Monday, winning in 4A, but Chandler Seton Catholic has won four championships since 2017.

Dynasties aren’t a new concept, but over the past half-decade they’ve secured a grip on women’s basketball in Arizona like never before. From 2023, however, they could be a thing of the past – at least in their current form.

Next February, the AIA will launch open divisions for women’s and men’s basketball, copying the format that has drawn record crowds at state championship football games for the past three years. As with football, the Open Division will feature the top eight teams in the state, with schools not qualifying to compete in conference tournaments as they always have.