The Lady Longhorn basketball team charge at the Phoenix Christian Invitational Tournament will be led by senior point guard Rhea Cosay and three sophomore starters.
The fray will be contested Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 at PCHS in Phoenix.
The Lady Horns tuned up for the 12-team tournament during a regular season opening 63-37 win over Fountain Hills in Wilson Dome.
During the Nov. 22 hardwood skirmish, first year coach Grant Coley had the opportunity to see how the rare starting combination of one senior and three sophomore starters would work.
Joining Cosay in the lineup were second-year players Jenna Robertson, Cydney Figueroa and Kayla Morgan.
"The fifth starter changes on a day-to-day basis," Coley said.
A fourth sophomore, Christina Deaton, could be the starter once she recovers from a broken hand suffered during the volleyball season.
After watching Cosay and the sophomores run rampant over Fountain Hills. Coley said, "They looked good together. Rhea sees the floor really well, which helps the others."
After a slow start against FH in which the Lady Horns led just 14-11 at the end of the first quarter and 24-22 at halftime, Cosay and her teammates turned up the defensive pressure in the second half.
"We played what I call ‘in your face defense' and scored on fast breaks after turnovers," Coley said.
Cosay took game scoring honors with 23 points.
Robertson had 15 and Figueroa chipped in with 13.
In the PCHS tournament, the Lady Horns open play at 4 p.m. Nov. 30 against Maricopa.
The following day, PHS plays at 11:45 a.m. vs. Ray and at 4:45 p.m. vs. Willow Canyon.
The results of those games will be used to seed the teams into a Dec. 2 championship bracket.
PHS will enter the tournament having finished third last year with a 4-2 record.