The top-ranked Estrella Foothills Wolves (23-1) are the real deal.
The Goodyear team erased any doubt it wasn't as good as the statewide publicity it has been receiving Saturday evening in Wilson Dome with a 73-45 thrashing of 3A third-ranked Payson.
In whipping the Longhorns, the Wolves unleashed a tenacious full-court press, fueled by an overwhelming edge in team speed, that PHS couldn't solve.
Payson (18-6) entered the game with a decided height advantage but could never take advantage of it because of Estrella's hustling, scrambling defense.
In girls basketball, Saturday at Estrella Foothills, the Lady Horns won 45-28.
For complete coverage of both games, see the Jan. 29 edition of the Payson Roundup.