The Lady Longhorns will be taking on a relatively unknown Mustang team when they try to improve to 2-0 in a non-division showdown to be played today, Nov. 29, at Mogollon-Heber.
Not much is known about the current Mustang team because it has not played this year, making today’s game a season opener.
A given about the ’Stangs, however, is the team is coached by Tim Slade who, although he has struggled at the helm of the program for the past five years, should have his charges primed and ready to take on the Lady Horns.
Payson travels to Mogollon fresh off a 59-25 season-opening win over Globe.
The Lady Horns are playing this season under the tutelage of first-year coach Jen White, a PHS teacher chosen last fall to replace Kelly Krieg.
The former coach, however, remains on staff as an assistant head coach.
In Mogollon, senior Katelyn Curtis — fresh off a standout volleyball season — will lead the Lady Horns.
White has said she thinks a team strength this season will be the running game and conditioning, which the players called upon to defeat Globe.
Also, Teanna Lopez returns to the lineup after turning in some memorable performances last year including scoring a team-high 17 points, corralling nine rebounds and pilfering four steals in a road loss to Snowflake.
Offensively, White singled out Lanie O’Donnell for her offensive efforts against Globe saying, “She couldn’t miss the basket.”
The Lady Horns make their home debut Dec. 6 vs. Mingus in Wilson Dome, but fans will have even more opportunities to cheer the team at the Payson Holiday Hoops Tournament set for Dec. 28 and 29 in the Dome.