1/18/2014 4:37:00 PM Girls basketball easily completes season sweep of Payson
Kylie Streck stretches to get her fingers on the ball and pull in the rebound against the Payson Longhorns. Streck and her team completed the season sweep over Payson with its 42–31 win. VVN/Travis Guy
It did not start pretty for the girls' basketball team, but Mingus was able to handle the visiting Longhorns and complete the season sweep of Payson with a 42-31 win.
The Marauders were up 4-3 in the first when a collision caused Mingus' Angel Chavez to go down with three minutes left in the opening stanza. After a few minutes, she was helped over to the trainer's table and would be forced to sit out the rest of the game.
Despite losing Chavez, the Marauders persevered. They took advantage of bad Payson passes and easy turnovers.
In the second quarter, the Longhorns opened with the first two points of the stanza, but then the Marauders turned it on.
Danielle Valenzuela kicked things into gear with a trey and a field goal, and like that, the Marauders were on a 9-0 run. To say the Payson coach was not happy would be an understatement. His players managed a meager six points before halftime while the home team put up 14.
The Longhorns were a mess. There is no nice way to put it. In their first meeting, the Marauders traveled to Payson and eeked out a 42-37 win. It was not until the fourth quarter that the Marauders were able to pull away from their hosts and get the win.
In their second meeting, there was no such fourth-quarter heroics or comeback needed. The Longhorns made a valiant effort to erase their deficit, but the Marauders were too much for Payson and the girls rode their way to a 42-31 win.
The win was the Marauders second consecutive win and put them back on track after hitting a two-game skid. Their past two wins (Payson and at Mohave) improved Mingus' overall record to 9-7 (two more wins than 2012-13), 5-5 at aia365.com. The girls are on track to hit double-digit wins for the first time since the 2008-09 season (the Marauders finished 23-9 with Bob Young at the helm according to maxpreps.com).
Like the boys, the girls have back-to-back games Jan. 20-21 with Winslow and Bradshaw Mountain. Mingus will host the Bears on the 21st with the contest tipping off at 5:30 p.m.