Refusing to take advantage of charity offered, the Longhorn boys basketball team wrapped up play in last weekend's Camp Verde Invitational with a disappointing 1-2 slate.
According to coach Mike Loutzenheiser, the two tournament losses could be attributed to poor accuracy from the charity stripe.
"We are shooting only about 50 percent," he said. "We can't survive shooting that way."
In a 64-53 first-round loss to River Valley, the Horns were successful on only 14 of 29 free throws.
The team's 16 for 32 effort in a 69-56 loss to Sedona was equally as frustrating for the coach ... "especially since (Sedona) hit 40 of 56 free throws," he said.
What made the poor shooting even more of a factor was that many of the misfires were on the front end of one-and-one bonus situations.
"That means, we didn't even get to shoot a second time," Loutzenheiser said.
The only tournament game in which charity shooting didn't play a deciding role was a 73-36 win over the Williams Vikings.
In the loss to River Valley, the outcome of the game was decided in the first quarter when Payson was outscored 25-15.
"After that, we played them even," Loutzenheiser said.
Offensively, junior Waylon Pettet led the Horn charge with 12 points.
Playing what Loutzenheiser called Ky Bradley's "best game of the year," the senior guard finished with 11 points. Also, he was the only Horn able to cash in on his free throws, hitting five of six attempts.
Mike Barr tallied 11 points.
Against Sedona, Barr was almost unstoppable, banging his 6-foot, 5-inch frame in the low post for 19 points.
"He was strong inside," Loutzenheiser said.
Bradley finished with 10 points and Matt Woolwine had eight.
The lopsided victory over Williams gave the coach the opportunity to empty his bench early in the game. In a 3-9 season like the Horns are experiencing, a coach doesn't often have a sizable lead that allows him to substitute freely.
All 11 players on the Horn roster eventually scored. Alex Cassuto led the pack with 12 points. Pettet contributed 11 and Barr had 10.
The Horns return to the hardwood tomorrow (Saturday) at 7:30 p.m. in Tuba City.