Although the Lady Longhorns improved to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the East with a 35-32 win over the Show Low Cougars, first-year coach Kelly Krieg is looking for improvement.
“We played fairly well on the defensive end of the floor, but need to continue work on boxing out better,” she said. “We are looking forward to seeing stiff competition in Winslow at the Winter Classic Tournament and continuing to improve.”
The Winslow tournament tipped off yesterday, Dec. 17, and will continue through Saturday.
In the win over Show Low, the lead changed hands several times as both teams battled for supremacy before Jaymi Carlen salted the game away with a goal in the final minute.
“That was a huge basket, it put us up for good,” Krieg said.
Rylee Halenar, who had 12 points to go along with two assists, two steals and two rebounds, garnered scoring honors.
“It’s great to see her play up to her full potential as she has worked hard and deserves it,” Krieg said.
Maddie Nossek and Holly West led the battle of the boards corralling nine rebounds each.
Nossek also scored six points.
The Lady Horns opened the Winter Classic in Winslow at 7:30 p.m. last evening against Sedona Red Rock. (Results not available at press time.)
Also on the basketball front, Krieg announced that Holiday Hoops Tournament Director Jadyn Walden now has a full field of 16 teams for the fray to be contested Dec. 28 and 29 in Wilson Dome. The final team to enter was Blue Ridge, who agreed to compete only days ago.