After coaching the junior varsity Lady Longhorns to an 8-9 record, first-year coach Carol Hayes is convinced the players took good-sized steps toward eventually becoming solid varsity performers.
"Over the course of the season, the girls continued to improve," she said. "They learned to play an up-tempo game and aggressive defense."
For varsity coach Rory Huff, those are the hoop skills he is looking for in his players.
Hayes also characterized the nine-player JV team as "a hard-working group of girls that never gave up."
Offensively the team was led by the scoring of Brianna Quinlan and Tori Wilbanks.
When the campaign tipped off in November, Wilbanks was a member of the freshmen team. Her performances on that squad eventually earned her a position on the jayvee team and eventually led to playing time on varsity.
In addition to lauding Quinlan and Wilbanks for their scoring, Hayes cited the rebounding of Hillary Armenta and Jayden Walden as keys to the team's success. Lacy Myers and Molly Agnes drew plaudits from the coach for their overall floor play. "They led us in assists," she said. Alesha Huddlestun was praised by Myers for her defensive prowess that allowed her to lead the jayvees in steals.
The highlight of the team's season was an overtime victory Jan. 22 at Coconino.
An awards ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at Tiny's Restaurant for the freshmen, jayvee and varsity squads. All players, parents and fans are welcome.