The Lady Longhorns return to action this evening, Dec. 7, at Holbrook in an inter-regional game that is one of six consecutive road games the Horns play during an 18-day period.
The clash is also against a state third-ranked Roadrunner team that has been feasting on 3A East teams as of late. On Nov. 29, the Runners blindsided Blue Ridge 63-19 and one day later upended Show Low 58-30.
Shantina Kinlicheenie, a 5-foot, 7-inch junior wing who is averaging 12.7 points per game, leads Holbrook, a member of the rugged 3A North region.
Last year, Holbrook thumped the Lady Horns 69-44, but eight starring members of that Roadrunner team graduated last spring.
The Lady Horns (2-1) return to action for the first time since Nov. 30 when the team traveled to Chino Valley to take a 42-28 win over the Cougars.
Coach Kelly Krieg believes the respite from play was much needed.
After watching her team whip Chino, she said. “We look forward to practice time being a chance to improve to be ready for a tough game with Holbrook.”
In the win over the Cougars, junior Jaymi Carlen turned in a stellar all-around performance at both ends of the floor. She finished with 14 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Chioya Hill, a sophomore with starting experience from last season, tallied nine points and was a demon on the boards, corralling 12 rebounds.
However, it was her efforts without the ball that impressed Krieg, “she continues to play will defensively.”
Newcomer Teanna Lopez, a player the coach said, “brings a lot to the table that can help us be successful,” finished with eight points, eight rebounds three steals and two assists.
Kayla Perry contributed six points and nine rebounds, and Taylor Rizza crashed the boards for five rebounds.
“Taylor continues to do a good job of rebounding,” Krieg said.
In state polls as of Dec. 4, Window Rock is ranked No. 1 and Chinle is sitting No. 2.
The Roadrunners are ranked No. 3, Safford is No. 4 and Winslow is clinging to the No. 5 slot despite a 3-3 record.
Following the Lady Horns’ return from Holbrook, the team plays at Fountain Hills (Dec. 11), Show Low (Dec. 14) and in the Wickenburg Tournament (Dec. 17-18).