Stacy Anderson has her first-ever high school varsity coaching victory.
The newly appointed Lady Longhorn coach chalked up the win Jan. 22 in Payson's 54-30 trouncing of the homestanding Show Low Cougars.
Anderson, a school district physical education teacher, took over the Lady Horn coaching reins Jan. 17 after former coach Grant Coley unexpectedly submitted his resignation.
In taking over the program, Anderson said, "I'm excited and looking forward to the new challenges."
In her first outing as a head coach, Jan. 18 at Snowflake, her team fell 57-53 to the Lobos.
In whipping Show Low, Anderson's charges jumped out to an early 16-11 lead and expanded it to 30-17 at halftime.
In the third stanza, the Lady Horn defense held the Lady Cougars to only three points. With Payson holding a 44-21 lead late in the game, Anderson emptied her bench, giving playing time to the entire roster.
For PHS, Kayla Morgan turned in an exceptional floor game with 11 points, five rebounds, three steals, three assists and one blocked shot.
Christina Deaton finished with 10 points and had a huge night on the boards, corralling 10 rebounds.
Junior point guard Cydney Figueroa contributed nine points and four assists.
Payson returns to action this evening, Friday, against the Round Valley Elks. Game time is 6 p.m. in the Wilson Dome.
The team returns to the dome hardwood tomorrow, Saturday, in a non-region clash against Estrella Foothills.