The prediction Lady Longhorn coach Krystal Garvin made more than two weeks ago turned into a prophecy Wednesday morning on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
There, the Lady Horns were eliminated from the state tournament in a second round 81-65 loss to North region champion Monument Valley.
The prediction that Garvin made prior to the East region tournament was that if her basketball team were to reach the state final four at Phoenix America West arena, it would need at least a number-two seed to state.
Her reasoning was that the three and four East region state seeds would be placed in a bracket with the North champion. Because the North is a hotbed of basketball that usually produces the state champion, being seeded in the same bracket would make a trip to America West doubly tough.
Unfortunately, the Lady Longhorns -- who finished as East runner-up in the regular season -- fell to third in the tournament after losing a second-round game to Snowflake.
In the first round of the state tournament Feb. 18 at Flagstaff Coconino, the Lady Horns came from behind in the second half to whip Globe 54-44. The Tigers entered the postseason as the South's second seed.
With the win, the Lady Horns advanced to the second round against the very same foe Garvin had unenthusiastically anticipated -- the dreaded North region champion.
In a run-and-gun showdown played in Walkup Skydome, the Lady Horns fell behind by as many 23 points. But with three minutes remaining, Payson closed the Monument Valley lead to 70-60 and looked to be in good position for a come-from-behind victory.
The Mustangs, however, eventually stemmed the Payson rally to earn a berth to the final four.