Horns Lose Heartbreakers

Jace Lupe, 30, and Cornelius Rockwell, 5, of the Alchesay Falcons fight for a rebound against the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets during explosive action as the second half of a ball exchange battle raged on throughout the play-off game. Alchesay won the afternoon contest.

Jace Lupe, 30, and Cornelius Rockwell, 5, of the Alchesay Falcons fight for a rebound against the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets during explosive action as the second half of a ball exchange battle raged on throughout the play-off game. Alchesay won the afternoon contest. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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The first round of regional playoffs Feb. 9 saw both Longhorn teams lose heartbreakers. The girls lost to Blue Ridge by one, 33-34, and the boys lost to Alchesay 57-62.

Coach Kelly Krieg said it was a very tough loss to swallow as the girls played their hearts out.

Maddie Nossek led the team with 13 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal. Chioya Hill, playing point guard for the last few games of the season after playing post as well as wing, finished with 6 points, 7 rebounds and two steals. Jordan Klabbatz had 4 points to go along with 8 rebounds. Holly West had 2 points and 8 rebounds.

“Rylee Halenar had a big three-pointer to bring us to within one point, then had a steal on the next possession which led to an opportunity to take the lead with less than 10 seconds remaining, but it didn’t work out,” Krieg said.

“I’m proud of the girls’ effort and ready to get started improving ourselves for next season.”

For the boys, Cody Waterman made an outstanding effort with 27 points. Dakota Marshall was the next highest scorer for the Horns with 7 points; followed by Chase Walden and Cale Novack with 6 each; both Ever Figueroa and Tanner Hintze put up 5 each; and Justin Morrati had 1 point.

The losses put the Horns out of the playoffs, being hosted in Payson.

The semifinals on Thursday had Alchesay beating Blue Ridge (pictured) and Round Valley besting Snowflake.

For the girls semifinal matchups, Alchesay beat Round Valley and Snowflake topped Blue Ridge.

Today, Friday, Feb. 12, the boys consolation game between Blue Ridge and Snowflake will be played at 2:30 p.m. Alchesay and Round Valley will take the floor at 7:30 p.m. for the championship.

For the girls, Blue Ridge and Round Valley face-off in the consolation round at noon, and Alchesay and Snowflake meet for the championship at 5 p.m.

All games are played in Wilson Dome.

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