Reasons will never be revealed about why no Lady Longhorn players were chosen to the Class 1A-3A All-State basketball team when it was announced last week. But there are whispers the slight was due to the team's disqualification from the post season for having an ineligible player on the roster.
The Lady Horns posted one of team's finest records (23-6) in school history and won the East region championship, but the squad's most accomplished players, including Christina Deaton, Kayla Morgan, Cydney Figueroa, Jenna Robertson and Rhea Cosay were not chosen for the all-state first team, second team or honorable mention.
It was Cosay who the AIA deemed ineligible at the conclusion of the regular season because PHS school officials did not file necessary paperwork for her transfer last summer from Alchesay Whiteriver to Payson.
Following the season, Cosay's eligibility was returned. During the season, she was second in the region in both steals and assists and considered one of the top five girls basketball players in 3A ranks.
In the 3A East tournament, just a day before the Lady Horns were ousted from the state showdown, Cosay and Deaton were chosen to the region all-tournament team.
Earlier, Deaton and Morgan were named to the All-Region regular season first team and Figueroa and Robertson were honorable mention. At a season-ending awards banquet, Figueroa was named the team's most valuable player.
In the selection of the all-state team, Ganado's 5-foot, 7-inch senior guard/forward Gabrielle Curtis was chosen the state player of the year.
The two East players to receive all-state honorable mention acknowledgement were Cassie Donaldson of Round Valley and Blue Ridge's RaeLynn Johnson.