January 17, 2012
Lady Longhorn Chioya Hill, center, struggles to pass the ball to a teammate as a Salt River player aggressively approaches her from behind during the second half of a hard-fought game.
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It’s no secret in high school coaching circles that reservation-area schools play a break-neck, fast-paced style of basketball that can be difficult for opponents to adjust to. That’s been a fact of prep hardwood life since the 1960s when the now-closed Phoenix Indian High School teams, led by Arizona Sports Hall of Fame coach Joe Famulatte, ran and gunned their way up and down the court usually averaging 90-plus points per game. The Lady Longhorns learned just how frustrating that style of play could be on Jan. 11 in Wilson Dome where the team dropped a 49-36 decision to the Salt River Eagles of Scottsdale.