Freshmen Trounce Chinle, Remain Unbeaten

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The Payson High School freshmen took another step toward an unbeaten season with a 59-36 win over Chinle.

The victory Jan. 30 in Chinle improved the rookie's record to 15-0.

In the win, the Longhorns jumped to an early 14-8 lead, only to watch Chinle rally to within 21-18 at halftime.

In the third quarter, the Longhorns upped their cushion to 39-22 thanks mostly to 12 points from Hunter Hardt.

The Horns' 20-point fourth-quarter blitzkrieg was one of their best stanzas of the year.

Like most games this season, the freshmen thrived on a well-balanced scoring attack in which three players scored in double figures and eight of the 12 players on the roster scored.

Hardt took game scoring honors with 16. Alex Bunk finished with 13 and Bryson Addington added 12.

In the battle on the boards, guard Miles Huff led the Longhorns with six offensive rebounds.

Hardt and Bunk had five rebounds each.

Defensively, the Horns half-court man-to-man scheme forced frustrated Chinle players into 28 turnovers.

Although coach Chuck Hardt was elated with the defensive effort, he also challenged his troops to improve their own turnover mark.

"We had 16 -- that's too many," he said.

The team was ready for a shot at improving their winning streak to 16 games Tuesday evening against Flagstaff Sinagua. The team never had the opportunity when the game was postponed due to hazardous road conditions in Northern Arizona.

The game was rescheduled for last night (Thursday) in old PHS gym. (Results not available at press time).

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