Lady Horns Square Off Against Titans In Hoops Opener

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A Lady Longhorn quest for its first Payson Holiday Hoops Basketball Tournament championship tips off at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Wilson Dome against the Scottsdale Arcadia Titans.

If the Lady Horns emerge victorious, they will advance to a 5:30 p.m. game Tuesday in Wilson Dome against the winner of a Fountain Hills vs. Notre Dame first round game.

A loss to Arcadia would drop Payson into a consolation bracket game at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the old PHS gymnasium.

Over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday, tournament games will be played in both Wilson Dome and the old high school gymnasium.

The tournament wraps up at 8 p.m. Wednesday with the championship game in Wilson Dome.

Lady Horn coach Rory Huff predicted contenders for the holiday title could come from a talented field that includes defending tournament champion Tuba City, class 4A No. 2-ranked Flagstaff Sinagua and tournament newcomer Kingman.

In addition to featuring more than 30 basketball games, Holiday Hoops will be highlighted by individual three-point shoot-outs during halftime of most contests.

The Payson representative in the long-range shoot, Danielle O'Haver, has been the team's top long-range threat the past two season. O'Haver will open the contest at halftime of the Payson vs. Arcadia first round game.

The top four three-point scorers will advance to the championship round during halftime of a game slated for 12:30 p.m. Dec. 29 in Wilson Dome.

In the shoot-out, each contestant is awarded a total of 25 shots from beyond the 19-foot, 9-inch arc. Five attempts will be shot from five different locations beginning at the baseline and continuing 180 degrees to the opposite baseline.

In addition to the Holiday Hoops offering fans and supporters a topnotch tournament, the annual affair is one of the Lady Horns best fund-raisers. From concessions and admission charges, which are $4 for adults and $3 for students, the team traditionally earns about $2,500.

The money is used to defray team costs that are not covered by the school's athletic budget.

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