After falling 83-29 to defending state champion Winslow in the 2010-2011 season opener, the Lady Longhorns basketball team rebounded to whip the Globe Tigers 51-30.
Against Winslow on Nov. 23 in Wilson Dome, the Lady Horns defense couldn’t contain Bulldog stars Mettea Begaii and Felencia Keams, who teamed up for 43 points.
All evening long, Keams was red-hot from beyond the 19-foot, 9-inch mark, hitting eight of her 13 attempted three-point shots.
But against Globe on Nov. 29 also in Wilson Dome, the defense was able to hold the Tigers at bay.
“We really played solid team defense,” said second-year coach Kelly Krieg.
“We look forward to continuing to improve, especially at the defensive end of the court.”
Individually she cited Chioya Hill for “playing great defensively” while finishing with five points, six rebounds and two steals. Newcomer Teanna Lopez led the way offensively with 16 points. She also corralled four rebounds and had two steals.
Point guard Jayme Carlen contributed 12 points, four rebounds and two assists, prompting the coach to praise her for having a “solid game.”
Also, Krieg lauded Kayla Perry for “continuing to improve with 11 points and six rebounds.”
Globe entered the game vs. Payson fresh off a season-opening 62-34 humbling of Hayden.
Around the 3A conference in early season action, Snowflake hung an overtime 62-57 loss on Holbrook, despite the Roadrunners receiving 26 points from Shantina Kinlicheenie.
Show Low opened the season slowly, losing 45-10 to Mountain Pointe and 40-26 to Queen Creek in the Queen Creek Turkey Shootout tournament.
Alchesay also is struggling, losing its season opener, 50-42 to San Carlos.
Alchesay does appear, however, to have a budding star in Belfayia Chissay who in the loss led the team in both rebounding and scoring.
Also in the 3A ranks, Holbrook hammered Blue Ridge 63-19.
The Lady Horns have the opportunity to see first hand just how good Holbrook actually is on Dec. 7 when the team travels to Roadrunner land for an inter-region clash.