Lady Horns Rout Scottsdale Dons

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A trio of Lady Longhorn coaches tried to hold scores in check, but Payson teams outscored visiting Coronado by a 167-76 margin Nov. 30.

The most lopsided score occurred in the opening freshmen game when coach Cheryl Chance's charges mopped up on the Dons 56-2.

When chided about her team giving up two points, Chance replied, "they were both free throws."

In the jayvee showdown, the Lady Horns rode a team-high 16 points from Caitlin Fruth to a 49-27 victory.

The showdowns against the Scottsdale school culminated with coach Rory Huff calling off his charges early in a 62-47 varsity win.

Entering the game, Coronado was expected to give Payson a solid test mostly because the Don lineup featured a player who was averaging 26 points per game.

Knowing they were facing a quality scorer, the Lady Horn defense, led by Britney Owens at the low post, stepped up to hold the Don star to 18 points.

"All but four of those came in the fourth quarter after we had a 20-point lead and backed off," Huff said.

The coach also cited the win as a "total team effort. All nine of our players scored."

Krystal McRae finished with 14 points, Autumn Herrera had 11 and Tanya Davis and Owens had 10 each.

In the jayvee's victory, coach Carol Hayes credited a good defensive effort as a key to the easy triumph. In addition to Fruth's 16 points, the team received 10 from Nicole Robichaud.

In the freshmen's win, Aubrey Laid tallied 11 and Britney McDaniel had 10. Molly Lee and Segan Cline tallied eight each.

Although Cline contributed at the offensive end, it was her defense that drew praise from Chance.

"She had numerous steals. She was our top defender," she said.

The varsity team returned to the hardwood Dec. 2 at the River Valley Tournament near Laughlin.

During the first two days of the tournament, teams will participate in pool play that will be used to seed them into a double-elimination tournament finale Dec. 4. Among the tournament-favorites are Yuma Cibola, Higley, Mohave and Laughlin.

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