Lady Horns Dominate Notre Dame

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Snatch open the closet door and haul out the brooms -- they'll be needed for the celebration of the Lady Horns clean sweep of Notre Dame Nov. 22 in Wilson Dome.

The sweep began with coach Cheryl Chance's freshmen team dominating the Saints 57-23. The Lady Horns continued to mop up with the junior varsity's 62-14 victory.

It culminated with a varsity 51-33 win.

"It was a good night for all three teams," Lady Horn head coach Rory Huff said.

The varsity team's victory was never in doubt, the coach said. Riding strong rebounding and a fast break offense, Payson jumped out to a 12-2 lead and extended it to 25-10 by halftime.

In the second half, Huff substituted at will, allowing all his players to see considerable playing time. Eventually all on the roster scored.

Most of the offensive load, however, was shouldered by the trio of Krystal McRae, Britney Owens and Tracy Fitzpatrick who all finished in double figures. McRae scored a team-high 12 points, Fitzpatrick contributed 11 and Owens had 10.

"Those three worked very hard inside to get their points," Huff said.

In the junior varsity's lopsided victory, Caitlin Fruth scored a team-high 13 points. Karina Haught and Nicole Robichaud finished with 12 each.

Coach Carol Hayes cited rebounding and well-rounded play as keys to the easy win.

"Offensively, we hit the boards," she said. "That allowed everyone on the team to score."

In the freshmen victory, Shawna Davis had 15 points and Katie Calhoun tallied nine. Following the victory, Chance beamed over the fact her fledgling players had shown they had the moxie to master a complicated offensive scheme.

"(The offense) is difficult for them, but they ran it very well," she said. "I was impressed."

She said the team is talented and the players are capable of coming off the bench and effectively contributing.

"It's a well-rounded group," she said.

The three PHS teams play host to Scottsdale Coronado Nov. 30 in Wilson Dome. Games times are 4 p.m. (freshmen), 5:30 p.m. (jayvee) and 7 p.m. (varsity).

The varsity team will participate Dec. 2 to 4 in the River Valley Invitational Tournament near Laughlin.

Huff has said he will use the tournament and its myriad of games -- which could be as many as six in three days --o assess and condition his players before the Grand Canyon Region begins Jan. 4 at Coconino.

Also on the Lady Horn agenda in the annual Holiday Hoops Invitational, Dec. 28 and 29.

Since the inception of the tournament seven years ago, it has annually drawn some of the finest teams in the state. A newcomer this year, Class 5A Kingman, could battle the likes of pre-tournament favorites Flagstaff Sinagua and Tuba City for honors.

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