Lady Longhorn head coach Krystal Garvin celebrated her first varsity victory Tuesday night.
After an 0-2 start, Payson chalked up a convincing 55-17 win Tuesday over visiting Fountain Hills.
The win might have just been what the squad needed before it travels this weekend to River Valley High School where the Lady Horns will try to defend the Pepsi Cola Tournament title they won last year.
“(Beating Fountain Hills) felt good and the girls really needed a ‘W’ going in the tournament,” Garvin said. “Although we won by a landslide, its clear we have a lot of work to do.”
Among the skills the coach would like to see the team improve upon are ball handling and shooting.
“We had far too many turnovers and we missed a lot of easy shots,” she said.
The coach said the team’s youth and inexperience was the main reason for the miscues.
“We are still at the stage where we’re starting off games with a lot of nervous energy,” she said. “We just need to settle down and learn how to control our game.”
Although the coach wants the players to improve their on-the-court skills, she is satisfied with their attitudes.
“I’m so pleased with their hustle, hard work and intensity,” she said. “They’re definitely on the court to play ball and that’s exciting.”
The thumping of FH was led by Ashli Herrera who finished with a game-high 19 points. Kody Kepp tallied nine and Trista Carlton had eight. Laura Crabtree contributed seven points and sophomore Tanya Davis had four.