Rim Country Middle School Maverick basketball teams are heating up the White Mountain League hardwoods with their spirited play.
On the seventh grade girls front, coach Ned Schall's charges wrapped up the season with a 9-2 record after dropping its final two games of the year to Canyon Day.
The twin defeats didn't dampen Schall's enthusiasm for his players.
"Our season was a total team effort," he said. "All the girls dedicated themselves and they are already looking forward to next season."
Relying on a full court man-to-man press and a fast break offense, the Lady Mavs outscored their opponents 415 to 241.
"We had some really fast girls like Aston Wolf, Rylee Halenar and Trinity England," Schall said. "Kelsey Waugh and Torie McDaniel were standouts defensively and rebounding."
The coach also cited Chrissy Badgely and Alli Hansen for their spirited contributions.
The RCMS eighth grade boys has its sights set on making the WML final four to be played March 4 in Winslow.
In regular season play on Feb. 22, the Mavericks edged past Canyon Day 49-46. The following day, RCMS ran past the Whiteriver Roughriders 51-32.
In taming the Roughriders, coach Grant Coley lauded the team's defensive effort.
"Elden Siverson, Cliff Lopez and Landen Johnson all played the game plan to the letter, shutting down two of the Roughriders' better players," he said.
Offensively, Josh Sloan led the RCMS effort with 15 points. Even Figueroa tallied nine and Siverson had eight.
Cody Waterman helped RCMS control the boards with eight rebounds and five points.
With the WML season about to end, the middle school athletes will turn their attention to track and field.
Longtime coach Randy Wilcox will return to lead the Maverick charge in the sport.