Longhorn Cody York charges into the fray for a quick layup against the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets, Tuesday night, Feb. 3, at Wilson Dome.
With two games remaining in the regular season, players on both PHS basketball teams are in control of their own destiny.
If the PHS boys and girls win both games, they will be crowned 3A East Region regular-season champs.
However, if the boys (7-1 in the East) lose Feb. 7 to Snowflake, they would probably tie the Lobos for first place, with both teams having two losses.
If that scenario unfolds, the No. 1 seed to the regional tournament would go to the Lobos because the team would have two wins over Payson.
For the girls (8-0) to fall out of first place, they would have to lose both final games, which is highly unlikely because the Lady Horns are rolling along on a 12-game winning streak and are the class of the East.
In addition to the Feb. 7 games in Wilson Dome against Snowflake, PHS teams travel Feb. 6 to Whiteriver to take on Alchesay.
The regional tournament tips off Feb. 9 in Whiteriver, a hotbed of basketball excitement, and continues until the championship is decided on Feb. 13.
The state tournament begins Feb. 21 at the home site of the highest seed.
Additional games will be played Feb. 28, March 6 and March 7.
The final two games are scheduled for Jobing.com arena in Glendale.
In Feb. 3 games versus Blue Ridge, the boys thumped the Yellow Jackets 58-36, and the girls won 46-28.
For the Longhorns, Cody Waterman swished three-pointers in the second quarter and finished with a team-high 19 points.
Coach Kenny Hayes said the key to the win was a third-quarter outburst, “We went on a 23-5 run to take the lead.”
Christina Deaton and Kayla Morgan led the Lady Horns with 12 points.
“Blue Ridge has improved since the last time we saw them, however, it is always good to play on your home floor,” coach Stacy Anderson said.