Payson's Jayvee Girls Ready For Varsity Stint

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If coach Rory Huff's assessment is on target, the Lady Longhorn varsity basketball team will be reinforced next season by an infusion of new talent.

After coaching the PHS junior varsity team to a 10-6 record, Huff characterized the players, mostly freshmen and sophomores, as young but very talented.

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The Lady Longhorn junior varsity basketball team finished the campaign with a 10-6 record and a reputation as an up and coming group of players who might contribute on the varsity level next season. That could be good news for coach Krystal Garvin who will lose three seniors to graduation this spring.

"They will be an asset to the varsity in the upcoming years," he said.

PHS head coach Krystal Garvin also must have been impressed by some of the younger players. Late in the season when injuries took a toll on her team, she summoned a trio of them to the varsity ranks.

Although the three -- Danielle O'Haver, Tracy Fitzpatrick and Kendra Francis -- haven't seen much playing time on varsity, they are receiving all-important experience of being a part of regional and tournament quests. The three travel with the varsity squad today (Tuesday) to Flagstaff for the opening round of the state tournament.

That experience should bode well for them in future years.

While on the jayvee team, O'Haver led the team in scoring with 8.2 ppg average. Fitzpatrick and Francis both averaged 7.5 ppg.

The leading rebounders all season were Fitzpatrick, Francis and Kendra Jackson. At point guard, Denise Nottingham executed the offense and spearheaded the defense.

"She was our floor general," Huff said.

With the jayvee season at an end, Huff is in the midst of scheduling a final awards ceremony to honor the players for their efforts.

A date and place for the awards banquet will be announced soon, Huff said.

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