Doing their best imitation of the run-and-gun, high-flying Phoenix Suns, the Lady Horns outscored Scottsdale Christian 25-5 in the first quarter, before coasting to a 59-24 non-region victory. In the Nov. 27 clash in Scottsdale, senior point guard Rhea Cosay lived up to her advance billing as a 2005 East All-Region first team member by scoring a game-high 21 points.
Her offense, ball handling and floor general skills helped the Lady Horns outscore Scottsdale Christian in every quarter of the game. At halftime, Payson led 37-12 and in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, the score stood 45-16.
Cosay was also the leading scorer, with 23 points, in the Lady Horns' season opening 63-37 shellacking of Fountain Hills.
Cosay has turned into quite a find for Payson High and a huge loss for Alchesay from where she transferred last summer.
In addition to her hardwood exploits the past two games, she was the Lady Horns' No. 1 cross country runner last fall, finishing a team high 24th in the state meet.
Complementing Cosay's scoring in the win over SC were sophomores Cydney Figueroa and Jenna Robertson. Both finished with 10 points each. Lana Cluff and Kayla Morgan scored six each. Brittney McDaniel contributed four and Marquel Waterman had two points.
Next up for the Lady Horns is the Phoenix Christian Invitational to be played Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 on the PCHS campus.
The Lady Horns opened play at 4 p.m. yesterday (Thursday) against Maricopa. (Results not available at press time). Today, Friday, 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 championship bracket to be played tomorrow, Saturday.
PHS enters the 12-team tournament having finished third last year with a 4-2 record.