Freshmen Continue Season Undefeated

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If the Longhorn freshmen someday lose, the bitter taste of defeat might be tough to swallow.

That's because the young hoopsters don't know what losing is like, since they have not experienced it in almost two seasons.

As eighth-graders at Rim Country Middle School, the team was undefeated and they were White Mountain League champions.

This year, the frosh -- minus Cody York, who has moved up to junior varsity -- is off to a 5-0 start.

The Longhorns kept their victory streak intact Jan. 4 with a 64-47 win over a previously undefeated Holbrook Roadrunner team.

The Horns built a 19-11 lead early and then coasted to the victory, despite seeing the Roadrunners awarded a whopping 31 free throws. Luckily, Holbrook was off target and could cash in on only 17 of the freebies. Payson countered by turning in a perfect 11-for-11 effort from the line.

Horn shooters were also hot from the field, hitting 26 of 47 attempts (55 percent).

Coach Joe LaSalandra, who also coached the team last year, cited all the players' efforts -- especially his reserves -- in the victory.

"It was a solid team effort from everyone," he said. "The bench helped by coming into the game with a greater ability to contribute and consistently help.

"Devin England, Michael Dahm, Cody Sexton and Jeff Day stepped up."

Tyler Savage took game scoring honors, with 17 points, and also collared eight rebounds. Matt Wilson tallied 16 points and hauled in a team-high 11 rebounds. Nick Creighton and Max Sieverson had eight points each.

The frosh return to action Jan. 10 against Estrella Foothills in Payson.

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