In the first league game of the season, the Lady Longhorns basketball team’s disappointing offensive effort meant a loss against Show Low Tuesday night.
Payson Coach Kelly Krieg said players simply weren’t hitting their shots against the Cougars in Show Low, who pulled out a 38-29 win against the Longhorns.
“Show Low played well, you got to give them credit,” she said. “We will work on practicing shots more this week. We are always looking to improve and learn.”
The Payson varsity team holds a 2-4 record for the season, slightly better than the Cougars, who are at 3-10.
Tuesday night’s loss follows a heartbreaking loss against Fountain Hills Saturday where the Lady Longhorns lost by one point. For that game, defense was the team’s major weakness.
Krieg said the Lady Horns are still learning how to pass the ball and work together as a team. Although teamwork is their greatest challenge, the coach said her team has a lot of potential, especially on the defensive end, where players are really stepping up.
Now, the offense needs to work on sticking those crucial shots.
“I am working on getting them to buy into working as a team,” Krieg said. She has coached the Lady Horns for the last two years.
In Tuesday’s game, Jaymi Carlen and Kayla Perry led the Payson team with 8 and 7 points respectively. Carlen also had two steals. Chioya Hill got 6 points to go along with four steals, four rebounds and two assists.
The Lady Longhorns will have a chance to show off any hard work from practice this weekend when they travel to Wickenburg for a four-game tournament.
This is the first year the team has participated in the tournament.
For the season, the team has beaten Chino Valley and Globe, but was overtaken by Winslow, Holbrook and Fountain Hills.
Meanwhile, the junior varsity team pulled out a 36-35 win against Show Low Tuesday with Kaitie Jones bringing in 10 points and Ashley Ralston, five points. The freshman Payson team also won 38-12 against Show Low. Point leaders were Emme Ashby with 12 and Harley Turney with eight.