Holbrook might have the best all-around basketball program in the 3A conference.
Evidence of just how good the Roadrunners boys and girls team can be surfaced Dec. 7 in Holbrook gym where they totally dominated the visiting Longhorn squads.
Payson’s girls fell 66-41 and the boys team lost 59-44 to the undefeated Runners.
With the loss, the boys team fell to 4-4 and the Lady Longhorns are 2-2.
The Longhorns do not play for seven days, a break coach Bill Goodwin said was much-needed and he would use for practices designed to fine-tune the team’s offense and defense.
Former Payson High School assistant principal Tim Fruth is among those praising the Longhorns’ efforts.
He officiated a Payson game in the Winslow Cake Chevrolet Tournament Shoot Out and after the game said, “Payson plays hard.”
The girls return to play tomorrow, Dec. 11, at Fountain Hills.
Following the loss to Holbrook, Lady Horn coach Kelly Krieg praised the Runners saying they “play a lot of basketball during the off-season and it really is a solid program.
“They especially excel at shooting the three.”
Offensively, the Lady Horns struggled against the Roadrunners’ press and half-court trap.
For Payson, sophomore Chioya Hill scored a team-high 13 points and also paced the team on the boards with 13 rebounds. Defensively, she had five steals.
“Chioya continues to play well at both ends of the court and is really starting to assert herself as a leader,” said Krieg.
Newcomer Teanna Lopez finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and two steals. Jaymi Carlen corralled 12 rebounds and scored eight points.
Taylor Rizza drew praise from Krieg for coming off the bench to play solid defense and helping out on the boards with eight rebounds.