The Longhorns entered 3A East Region play on Monday, Jan. 10 with a strong 9-4 overall record that included a 5-1 mark in the non-tournament games that count in the state rankings.
A game against #1 Holbrook promised to offer a good test of just where Payson’s girls basketball team stood against the state’s elite.
And the Roadrunners showed the Horns what they need to work on in a 60-34 victory at Wilson Dome.
The visitors led 22-8 after one quarter and 38-18 at halftime.
Emmy Whaley led Payson with 10 points. Cadence White added eight points.
Alyssa Yazzie scored a game-high 14 points to lead a trio of Roadrunners in double figures. Shan Footracer added 13 points and Noheah Aberle 10 points as Holbrook improved to 13-2-1 overall and 6-0 in ranking games.
No. 14 (Jan. 11) Payson carries a 9-5 overall and 5-2 ranking record into its Wednesday, Jan. 12 game at Fountain Hills.
The Longhorns will look to even their 0-1 3A East log at Blue Ridge on Friday, Jan. 14.