February 17, 2012
Basketball purists are marveling at the rebounding accomplishments of junior captain Chioya Hill, who burst onto the hardwood scene in 2007 as a 12-year-old entered in the Arizona State Basketball Bonanza Championships. The teen has since dominated both offensive and defensive rebounds no matter the opponent.
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All season long the Lady Longhorns basketball team (13-13) teetered on the brink of qualifying for the Division III state tournament by finishing among the top 24 teams in the power point rankings. But when the campaign finally wrapped up on Feb. 3 with a 49-33 win over Show Low, Lady Horn players found themselves on the outside of postseason play looking in. The 30th-place finish among the 57 D-III teams came up short of earning the girls a ducat to high school’s version of the Big Dance. The Lady Horns finished with about 67.3258 power points and needed just over 69 to squeeze into 24th place — the final qualifying spot. If there are two losses to pinpoint as damaging blows to Lady Horn hopes of reaching the postseason, they are both to lowly Blue Ridge, a team that finished 30th in the power point ranks.