The book on whipping Lady Longhorns all season long has been to frustrate them with the full-court press.
Close that book.
The pressing strategy is no longer working against a Lady Longhorn team that has recently perfected a press-breaking offense under new coach Stacy Anderson.
For evidence the press is not a lethal weapon against PHS, fans need to look no further than to the Lady Horns' 55-49 win over the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets.
In Lakeside on Jan. 29, the Lady Horns (18-6 and 5-3) repeatedly shredded ded the Jacket defense on the way to the six-point victory. Payson broke on top 8-6 but at halftime trailed 24-22. Entering the final quarter, the Lady Horns clung to a 36-32 lead.
Offensively, Christina Deaton and Kayla Morgan led the PHS charge scoring 15 points each.
Jenna Robertson hit a trio of three pointers and scored 12 points.
Under Anderson, who assumed the coaching reins Jan. 17 after Grant Coley resigned, the offensive system has been tweaked.
Morgan has moved to the "4" or power-forward position and Robertson is now playing the "2" or shooting-guard slot.
"We think that will work for us," Anderson said.
One position that has remained the same is point guard, where Cydney Figueroa pulls the trigger on the Lady Horn offense.
"She's been playing really well," Anderson said.
Figueroa finished with eight points against BR.
The Lady Horns wrap up the regular season today, Friday, against Alchesay and tomorrow, Saturday, vs. Snowflake. Tip off for both games is 6 p.m. in Wilson Dome.
If the Lady Horns win both games and region-leading Round Valley stumbles, Payson could possibly tie for the East regular season title.