Girls Wear Down Tigers

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The Lady Longhorns game plan against the Globe Tigers Tuesday night was to run, run and, when all else failed, run again.

The game plan worked as Payson wore down Globe in the second half, winning 66-49, pushing its record on the year to 6-1.

Payson Coach Grant Coley said Globe only suited up seven players and told his team to push the ball in hopes the Tigers would get tired.

Payson sprinted out to a 12-3 lead, minutes into the game, with Jenna Robertson and Rhea Cosay combining for nine of the first 13 points.

The Lady Longhorns led by seven after the first quarter, but the Tigers closed the gap to one point twice in the second quarter, behind the three-point shooting of Taylor Romanos.

Payson regained control at the end of the first half and took a 28-21 lead into the third quarter. From then on, they took complete control of the game, outscoring Globe 19-10.

In the fourth quarter, the Lady Longhorns and Tigers alternated baskets most of the way. Payson won that quarter as well, 19-18.

Top scorers for Payson were Christina Deaton with 14 points, most coming in the second half, Robertson (13), Brittney McDaniel (11), Kayla Morgan (9) and Cosay added eight points.

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Guard Rhea Cosay (12) looks to pass the ball inside during the Lady Longhorns' 66-49 win over the Globe Tigers.

Romanos, who finished with 20 points, led the Tigers and Chantel Romanos chipped in another 14. No other Globe player scored more than six points.

Coley said the game plan was to push the ball with guards Cosay and Cydney Figueroa, and when the competition was finally unable to run, they were to pound the ball inside to Deaton and Robertson.

"There were times we looked sharp, and there were other times when we threw the ball away," Coley said.

The Lady Longhorns' coach substituted freely in the game, and, he said, he was trying to keep his team rested for the end of the game.

"Some of the backup kids did a great job on the boards," he said, before singling out Jenae Blalock, who finished with four points. He also said Lana Cluff played an all-around good game on defense and the boards, though she failed to score.

"She just played like the demons," he said.

Other players who scored for Payson were Figueroa, Blalock and Marquel Waterman.

The Lady Longhorns will next play at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Payson High School Wilson Dome.

In junior varsity action, the Lady Longhorns pushed their record to 4-0 with a 43-19 win.

Coach David Blalock said the game was similar to all of its other contests, and added he wants to play against a team that is competitive. He said 12 players on his team scored. Top players for the junior varsity team were Janae Blalock, Rose Hardt and Shelby Hill.

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