The 16 teams participating in the annual Holiday Hoops Basketball Tournament should present some hard and fast action on the courts of Wilson dome and the high school gym next week.
"It's the toughest field ever," said coach Rory Huff, who runs the Lady Longhorns team.
Many of the competitors are 4A and 5A schools, he said.
"Gilbert has only lost one game. Tuba City is always tough. Round Valley is a previous winner and will most likely be in the final four," Huff said.
He said all the teams will put on a strong showing, and he encourages the public to come out and support the team.
"We're defending champions, but we will have to play exceptional ball to hold onto the title," he said.
The Lady Horns are going into the tournament with a 7-5 record. Huff said a lot of his younger players are getting playing time and getting stronger all the time.
The tournament is Dec. 27 and 28. Play on Tuesday starts at 10 a.m., with Payson facing Higley in the Wilson dome. Wednesday games begin at 8 a.m. The championship game will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the dome.
Teams coming to Payson include: Higley, Gilbert, Desert Mountain, Catalina, Skyline, Kingman, Tuba City, Desert Ridge, Westwood, Many Farms, Notre Dame, Mesa, San Luis and Round Valley.
Concessions on Tuesday will include Indian tacos, according to Mary Wolf. Wednesday will have regular concession fare.
Admission is $5 for adults, Wolf said. Students will be admitted for $3 per person and those under 5 will be admitted free of charge.