The lack of a head coach is not slowing the Lady Longhorn basketball express as it steams towards participation in the 4A conference.
Junior varsity coach Rory Huff is filling the shoes of a head coach following the resignation of Krystal Garvin.
Huff said he will continue to head the program until athletic director Dave Bradley appoints Garvin's permanent replacement.
The team's most recent outing was participating in the Lady Lumberjack Team Basketball Camp June 13 to 15 in Walkup Skydome and Rolle Activity center at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
There, 15 Lady Longhorns participated in the combination camp, clinic and tournament that drew 12 summer teams from around the state. "Most of (the teams) were (Class 4A) schools," Huff said. "That's one of the reasons we went -- we wanted to see what the competition would look like next year."
Due to enrollment growth last school year, Payson High has been realigned to the 4A conference from 3A.
During the NAU camp, the Payson team turned in an exceptional performance that earned the squad the Lumberjack Award. That citation goes each summer to the team that displays hustle, spirit, determination and good attitude throughout the camp.
"From our performance there, I would say the (Lady Longhorn) basketball program is in good shape for years to come," Huff said.
In addition to the team tournament, the players participated in three-on-three games and enjoyed a dunk contest on a basket that was lowered to six feet.