Rookie Coach Gets First ‘W’

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Lady Longhorn Holly West battles underneath as Jordan Klabbatz looks on in Payson’s 51-22 win over visiting Chino Valley.

After improving their season’s record to 2-1 with back-to-back wins over Globe and Chino Valley, the Lady Longhorns have a six-day respite to fine-tune their game.

“We are looking forward to a few days of practice to continue our improvement to ready ourselves for some tough competition,” said PHS coach Kelly Krieg.

The Lady Horns will not return to the court until Dec. 7 when they host the Holbrook Roadrunners in Wilson Dome. Game time is 6 p.m.

The Payson girls opened the season Nov. 24 with a 74-35 loss to homestanding Winslow, but rebounded Nov. 30 to whip Globe 53-40 and a day later lambasted Chino Valley 51-22. Both games were played in Wilson Dome.

In the win over the CV Cougars, balanced scoring was the name of the game for Payson.

Ciara Romance finished with nine points and Jaymi Carlen, Chioya Hill and Holly West contributed seven each.

In addition to the points Carlen scored, she had a good all-around performance with four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

West corralled six rebounds and had two steals and Hill finished with five rebounds and two steals.

Rylee Halenar led the defensive effort finishing with a game-high seven steals.

Tigers caged

The Lady Longhorns’ seven-point victory over Globe will go down in the record books as Krieg’s first-ever “W” as a varsity head coach.

She took over the reins of the PHS girls basketball program last summer after serving several seasons as an assistant coach at Yuma Kofa.

Following the victory over the Tigers, the coach passed on commenting about her first victory saying only, “It was nice to get a win at home, but we still have a lot to improve on.”

The improvements, she added, are needed “on the defensive end of the floor.”

Individually, Kelsey Waugh led the team in scoring with 19 points that included five three-pointers.

“She really shot well from the outside,” Krieg said.

Maddie Nossek contributed 16 points many of them from up close, prompting the coach to say, “she was active on the inside.”

West tallied six points and Carlen scored two.

The Lady Horns received stellar rebounding efforts from Hill, Nossek, Carlen and West.

Hill led the team in rebounds with 14, but Nossek wasn’t far behind corralling 13 missed shots. Carlen and West were credited with six rebounds each.

Carlen dished out four assists to lead the team’s floor play.

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