Poor Shooting, Turnovers Cost Girls Twice

Longhorns fall to Mingus, Fountain Hills

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The Longhorns could have used a break.

But, after watching visiting Cottonwood Mingus outscore them 13-4 in the fourth quarter to overcome a four-point deficit and post a 42-37 girls basketball victory on Thursday, they hit the road for a game at Fountain Hills on Friday night.

And the Falcons bolted out to a 25-8 lead after eight minutes and cruised to a 49-30 win.

“We just looked tired,” said Payson coach Jennifer White. “I think, once we have some fresh legs we’ll be good for Monday (Dec. 16). We’ve got to do some more conditioning, get back into our groove, keep playing our game and not beating ourselves.”

A lack of rest shouldn’t be a concern for the next game because following Monday’s scheduled game at Heber Mogollon, the Longhorns (2-5 overall, 1-2 power points games) had 18 days off before taking the court again Jan. 3 at home against Snowflake.

Sophomore Arissa Paulson led PHS with 14 points, eight rebounds, four blocked shots and three steals against a strong Fountain Hills squad that improved to 8-1. She managed that kind of performance despite dealing with a sore back, which she hurt the previous night.

“Arissa was just a little sore from last night,” White said. “She fought hard under the basket all the way to the end.

“Fountain Hills is an extremely good team. They’re one of the top teams in the state and they were last year, as well. They lost their JV program, so they’re strictly varsity and they have a lot of really tough players. Arissa’s about 5-foot-10 and they have a girl that goes toe-to-toe with Arissa. She’s probably 6-2 and a really tough player. And they’ve got a lot of guards that shoot the ball and are quick.”

Harley Turney chipped in six points, six of the Horns’ 37 rebounds, and four steals. Nobody else scored more than four points.

PHS shot 29 percent (12 of 42) from the field and had 36 turn­overs.

Mingus rallies late

It was the Longhorns’ game Thursday night at Wilson Dome.

Payson carried a 33-29 lead over Mingus (4-3) into the fourth quarter. But the Marauders outscored the Longhorns 13-4 in the final eight minutes to rally for a 42-37 victory.

Payson shot just 16 percent (9 for 56) from the field for the game and had 31 turnovers.

Arissa Paulson had 18 points and 17 rebounds to lead Payson. Cori Barnett added 16 of PHS’s 57 rebounds. Tessa Hintze grabbed eight boards and came up with four steals.

“We beat ourselves,” White said. “We got in a lot of foul trouble. We fouled and fouled and fouled and fouled and they went down to the line. And they’re good free-throw shooters. We were not playing straight up and down. We were not playing tight defense.

“We’ll keep working.”

Friday, Dec. 13

Fountain Hills 49, Payson 30

Payson 30 — Kelsee Stonebrink 1 0-1 2, Tessa Hintze 0 0-0 0, Harley Turney 3 0-0 6, Cori Barnett 2 0-0 4, Arianna Paulson 2 0-0 4, Arissa Paulson 4 6-10 14, Sara Novack 0 0-0 0, Lanie O’Donnell 0 0-2 0, Sadie Dunman 0 0-0 0, Savannah Grassel 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 6-13 30.

Payson 8 5 5 12 — 30

Fountain Hills 25 6 17 1 — 49

3-point goals — P: none.

Thursday, Dec. 12

Mingus 42, Payson 37

Payson 37 — Stonebrink 1 0-0 2, Hintze 2 0-1 4, Turney 1 0-0 2, Barnett 1 0-2 2, Aria. Paulson 2 1-2 6, Aris. Paulson 2 14-14 18, Novack 0 0-0 0, O’Donnell 0 2-4 2, Dunman 0 0-0 0, Grassel 1 1-2 3. Totals 9 18-25 37.

Mingus 7 10 12 13 — 42

Payson 12 9 12 4 — 37

3-point goals — P: Aria. Paulson.

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