Longhorn Teams Fall To Alchesay

Katelyn Curtis (21) launches the ball toward the basket as a Lady Falcon attempts to block her shot. The Alchesay team proved too much for the Lady Horns to handle, and the home team was defeated 55-27 Friday night in Wilson Dome.

Katelyn Curtis (21) launches the ball toward the basket as a Lady Falcon attempts to block her shot. The Alchesay team proved too much for the Lady Horns to handle, and the home team was defeated 55-27 Friday night in Wilson Dome. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Cody Waterman (32) stole the ball from an Alchesay player and scored an easy two points Friday, Feb. 5 at Wilson Dome.

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Tanner Hintze (54) goes up for two points during a first-half struggle against Alchesay in Wilson Dome, Friday, Feb. 5. In the end, the Falcons defeated the Longhorns by a score of 71-50.

Payson High School hosted the Alchesay Falcons Friday, Feb. 5 during Senior Night at Wilson Dome.

There was little cause for celebration as Alchesay handed defeats to both the Longhorns, 71-50, and the Lady Longhorns, 55-27.

“Our seniors and team in general played hard, but Alchesay was too much,” said Lady Horns coach Kelly Krieg.

Individual efforts of note were: Maddie Nossek, who had 9 points to go along with 11 rebounds; Katie Welker with 6 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists; Jordan Klabbatz, who had 5 rebounds and 2 points; and Holly West, with 6 rebounds with 4 points.

The first round of regional play for the girls is at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9 in Blue Ridge.

“We look to have a better effort than we did last time around with them,” Krieg said.

Regional play

The boys will travel to Alchesay for their first round of regional play at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9, then the action comes to Payson, with games starting at noon, Thursday, Feb. 11 and continuing into the evening of Friday, Feb. 12.

In addition to the Payson matchups with Alchesay (boys) and Blue Ridge (girls) the other teams are paired as follows:

For the boys, both Round Valley and Blue Ridge have first-round byes, leaving Show Low and Snowflake to face one another.

For the girls, Snowflake and Alchesay played their way to byes in the first round, so Round Valley and Show Low will play Feb. 9.

The winner in the boys’ Payson-Alchesay game will face Blue Ridge at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11 in Wilson Dome; the winner between Show Low and Snowflake will play Round Valley at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11 in the Wilson Dome. Winners of the Round Valley and Blue Ridge games will meet at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12. The winner of that game will be the 3A East champion.

The girls’ games will see the winner of the Payson-Blue Ridge contest face Snowflake at 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11 in Wilson Dome; the winner of the Round Valley-Show Low matchup will play Alchesay at noon, Thursday, Feb. 11 in Wilson Dome. The championship game will be at 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12.

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