Samantha Stickler sinks a shot during the Lady Phantoms’ home stand with Seligman on Friday, Jan.14.
“This weekend, these are two big games,” said Aldaz. “But they’re winnable games. We just have to play really good basketball to be able to compete.”
Here’s how the varsity team has fared in its last several games::
Saturday, Jan. 22
Grand Canyon, 34
With the loss of key player Karen Reyes due to injury, Grand Canyon struggled against Fredonia before falling behind in the second half.
“This is a game that was back-and-forth and we were tied up at the half,” said Aldaz. “We ended up kind of running out of gas toward the end.”
Samantha Stickler delivered 30 points, while Adrianne Keebahe chipped in 4.
Aldaz said that Reyes, who suffered a knee strain in JV play on Friday, should be back in action this weekend.
Monday, Jan. 17
Grand Canyon, 35
Ash Fork 32
The Lady Phantoms beat Ash Fork in a closely-fought away game on Martin Luther King Day.
According to Aldaz, the team was challenged by a heavy weekend schedule.
“We had three games on Saturday and Sunday off,” he said. “This was the fourth game in one week.”
Ash Fork put up a bigger fight than in the last outing, when Grand Canyon took the game by 24 points.
“Ash Fork girls are getting a lot better,” Aldaz said. “It’s a team that has a lot of talent and they played us pretty tough. They matched up pretty well with us.”
Scoring were Samantha Stickler with 23, Colette Aspaas with 4, Jackie Wren with 4 and Adrianne Keebahe with 2.
Friday, Jan. 14
Grand Canyon, 49
After suffering a 40-point loss to the Lady Phantoms in their last outing, the Seligman girls fought back for a 21-point loss in this game.
“They played us a lot better this second time,” said Aldaz. “They were a lot tougher and played a better game.”
Still Grand Canyon owned the game from the fisrt quarter.
Samathan Stickler scored 22, Kecia Torivio scored a season high of 13, Jackie Wren scored 4, Lindsay Haswood and Andrika Tici each scored 2 and Nikki Harvey added 1.
Thursday, Jan. 13
Grand Canyon, 51
With three consecutive double-digit quarters, the Lady Phantoms didn’t give the Orme team a chance.
The Canyon was so far ahead by the fourth quarter that Aldaz let the JV players finish out the game, adding two points to an already convincing lead.
“We had a pretty comfortable lead so this was a chance to try to get the JV girls more experience playing high school ball,” Aldaz said.
Samantha Stickler delivered 40 points – a new school record. Kecia Torivio scored 3, and scoring 2 apiece were Lindsay Haswood, Adrianne Keebahe, Jackie Wren and Colette Aspaas.
Saturday, Jan. 15
Grand Canyon, 48
After a slow first quarter the Lady Phantoms rallied in the second but were unable to keep up the momentum.
“They just outplayed us in the fourth quarter,” Aldaz said. Even so, this was a tighter game than the Grand Canyon girls have typically had with Fredonia.
“So far I’m pleased with their progress,” Aldaz said.