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Holthaus followed her hoops path up the I-10

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Todd and Makayla Holthaus (21) after scrimmage

Pima women's basketball coach Todd Holthaus poses for a picture with his team and his daughter Makayla's (right) squad from Ottawa University Arizona

Ironwood Ridge grad Makayla Holthaus came back to Tucson with her college team for a scrimmage against the Pima women's team coached by her dad Todd.

TUCSON (KVOA) -- Makayla Holthaus came home this past weekend. But it wasn't to get her laundry done or grab a home cooked meal.

She came home to ball. And she did just that as a second-year freshman at Phoenix's Ottawa University Arizona.

The Spirit women's basketball squad took the trip down I-10 on Saturday to scrimmage against Holthaus' father's team, the Pima Aztecs.

The 6'1 forward averaged five points and three rebounds in a shortened 20-21 season. She is expected to start this season for OUAZ.

Makayla Holthaus (21) with IRHS teammates

Makayla Holthaus (44) poses with Ironwood Ridge girls basketball coach Daron Cross (far right) and several of her Nighthawk teammates

She made her prescene felt during the exhibition that featured the two teams playing five ten-minute quarters. Holthaus averaged 11 points and nine rebounds in her senior season (19-20) at Ironwood Ridge.

Todd Holthaus is in his 15th season at Pima College. He is a six-time NJCAA Region I Coach of the Year (2009, 2010, 2011, 2016, 2019, 2020), having posted nine 20-win seasons to go along with six Region championships.

PCC finished 8th at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament after an abbreviated 2020-21 season.

The Aztecs will begin this season ranked 13th in NJCAA Division II. Pima's 1st game will be on November 5 at the Eastern Arizona Classic where they will face the Mexican National Team.

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