The Lady Longhorns took third place in Payson’s annual Holiday Hoops Tournament this weekend.
First place went to Desert Mountain, which defeated all comers and second was taken by Canyon del Oro, which had four wins and one loss when all was said and done.
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12 and 13, Payson hosted six teams from around the state: Apollo, Apache Junction, Desert Mountain, Canyon del Oro, Horizon Honors and San Tan Foothills. Parker was scheduled to participate, but canceled Thursday, Dec. 11, according to Margine Bawden, tournament director.
The Lady Horns won three of its five games. Information on only the Horizon Honors and Desert Mountain games was available at press time. The Lady Longhorn coach provided no other information about the games.
Payson beat Horizon Honors 34-13 on Dec. 12. Quarter point totals were 9-2 in the first quarter; 8-4 in the second; 9-3 in the third; and 8-4 the fourth.
The Lady Horns lost to Desert Mountain by a score of 48-32.
Desert Mountain outscored Payson 10-5 in the first quarter and 12-6 in the second. A total of 17 points was put on the scoreboard by Desert Mountain in the third quarter, while Payson made 11. Only in the final quarter did Payson outscore its opponent with a 10-9 tally.
Payson’s Cydney Figueroa and Jenna Robertson earned all-tournament team honors.
“It was a good tournament for us,” said coach Stacy Anderson.
“We played some talented teams and were able to get some more experience for some younger players. It was a huge success because of all the volunteers that came to help out. It is awesome to have such wonderful support in this community.”
Anderson will take the Lady Horns to Sedona today, Tuesday, Dec. 16. It should be a close game.
Max Preps shows the Scorpions of Sedona’s Red Rock High School score an average of 43.8 points a game, with all their strength coming in the first half. They average 23 points in the first quarter to Payson’s 12.3 and 14 in the second, while Payson averages 10.9.
The Lady Longhorns play shows an average of 47.7 points per game, but they have played only six games to Red Rock’s nine contests.
Going into the game, Payson has a 4-2 record to Red Rock’s 5-4.
The junior varsity game is at 5:30 p.m., with the varsity playing at 7 p.m.
The next competition the Lady Horns will see is Thursday, Dec. 18, Friday, Dec. 19 and Saturday, Dec. 20 at the Winslow tournament.