With a score of 42 to 27, the Longhorns’ girls basketball team solidly won against Miami last Thursday.
“My girls played really strongly despite playing an incredibly rough team,” said coach Jennifer White.
Senior Chioya Hill continued her amazing defensive performance with 21 rebounds. She is on the path to break a school record.
Hill made 12 points for the Payson team.
White named freshman Arissa Paulson the Player of the Game.
“Arissa almost pulled off a triple double,” said White. “She actually pulled off a double — double.”
Paulson had 18 steals. Her 13 points also ranked as the second highest tally in the game. To top off a standout performance, she had five blocks and two steals. Her overall game was the best on the team — and she’s only a freshman.
“She had great rebound points and solid assists,” said White. “She made really good decisions despite being pressured (by Miami).”
However, the team still has room to improve on the three-point field goals and free throws.
Out of eight three-point shot attempts, the team sank just one. The Payson team had 18 chances at the free-throw line, but only made eight points.
The Lady Longhorns also had 26 turnovers — more room to improve.
But White only has praise for her girls.
“Overall, they had really great teamwork,” said White. “They are learning to play together, they have great attitudes and they’re very coachable kids. It’s a pleasure working with them.”