Lady Horns Derail Cougars, 58-37


The Payson Lady Longhorn express continued chugging toward the season-ending regional basketball tournament, with a 58-37 derailing of the Show Low Cougars.

With the win, Feb. 3 in Show Low, the Lady Horns remained in contention for the East region championship, along with Round Valley and Alchesay.


Lady Longhorn Kayla Morgan scores 14 points in the 49-41 loss to Alchesay Monday night in Wilson Dome. With the loss, the Falcons and the Lady Horns tied for first in the region with identical 9-3 records. Following the game, Payson won a coin toss and will take the East's top seed into the regional tournament Feb. 9 in Snowflake.

It is conceivable the three teams could wrap up the season in a tie for first place. If that should occur, a coin flip will be used to determine state and region tournament seeds, according to PHS athletic director Dave Bradley.

In Payson's win over Show Low, the one-two inside punch of sophomores Kayla Morgan and Jenna Robertson proved to be too much for the Cougars to overcome.

Robertson dominated inside scoring with 12 points, hauling in eight rebounds, blocking a shot and chalking up two assists.

Morgan was a strong running mate with 10 points, six rebounds, a block and a steal.

Not to be forgotten were the contributions of Christina Deaton who turned into a one-player rebounding machine with 13 boards.

She also continued to build on her reputation as the East's premier shot blocker with four blocks of Show Low attempts.

Also for PHS, Marquel Waterman turned in one of her finer all-around performances of the season with nine points, six blocks and three steals.

For the third straight game, the Lady Horns were without the services of starting point guard Rhea Cosay, who was suspended for an off-the-court, out-of-school incident that occurred in Whiteriver.

Cosay was expected to be suspended for Monday's game against Alchesay, but could be eligible to return to the team Feb. 9 for the regional tournament.

School policy for off-campus rules infractions dictate suspensions for 20 percent of the regular season, which would be four games.

School officials would not comment on Cosay's suspension, citing privacy laws and saying she was a 17-year-old minor.

Round Valley Elks edge Lady Horns

The win over Show Low helped erase some of the sting of a Feb. 2 loss to Round Valley, 44-39, in Wilson Dome.

In the intense, hard-fought game, the Elks avenged an earlier season loss to the Lady Horns in the Round Valley Ensphere.

Sloppy ball handling that led to 18 turnovers was among the reasons the Lady Horns could not post a second successive win over the Elks.

The Lady Horn cause did receive a jump-start from Morgan who took game scoring honors with 16 points. While Robertson, Deaton and Morgan turned in strong rebounding efforts, the Elks led the battle of the boards, 27-22, thanks to 10 rebounds from Cassidi Donaldson -- also the region's scoring leader.

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