First-year Lady Longhorn coach Rory Huff kept his varsity record unblemished (2-0) with a hard-fought 43-40 victory over the Coronado Dons.
In the Dec. 2 triumph in Scottsdale, the Lady Horns were forced to battle back from an almost game-long deficit that sometimes hovered near double digits.
"Coronado led until the last minute," Huff said. "We scored the last 10 points of the game to notch the victory."
The Lady Horns offense was led by Autumn Herrera who tallied a game-high 17 points. Point guard Haylee Huff, the coach's daughter, finished with nine. Both Herrera and Huff were vital cogs in last year's team that reached the state quarterfinals before being eliminated.
Following the clash in Scottsdale, coach Huff cited the low-post play of Britney Owens as the catalyst to the win.
"She had another strong night on the boards," he said. "And they were a much larger team than us."
In the junior varsity clash which Huff called a defensive battle, the Lady Longhorns used a balanced scoring attack to chalk up a 27-20 victory. Brianna Quinlan and Lacy Myers contributed six points each. Jadyn Walden and Molly Agnes finished with five apiece.
On the freshman front, the first-year Lady Horns made their season debut a successful one whipping Coronado 32-26.
Huff said Tamara Crabdree was crucial to the win.
"She dominated the boards at both ends of the court," he said. Crabdree finished with eight points. Tiffany Klemstine led all scorers with 10.
The coach praised point guard Caitlin Fruth for her heady play.
"She had a good floor game running the offense and breaking Coronado's full court press," he said.
All three PHS Lady Longhorn basketball teams return to action Dec. 12 at Pinnacle. Game times are 4 p.m. (freshmen), 5:30 p.m. (jayvee) and 7 p.m. (varsity).