Girls middle school basketball begins

The middle school girls basketball season kicked off last Saturday in Parks, with the Phantoms scoring big over Parks and losing two to Williams.

The B team dealt Parks a 20-0 shutout, while the A team won with a final score of 38-8.

B team scorers were Morgan Timeche with 6, Cori Yazzie with 4, Katreena Haswood with 4, Amber Behishie with 2, Kayley Wadsworth with 2, and Rosie Caballero with 2.

Scoring for the A team were Chelsea Curtis with 20, Madison Berry with 14, Josie Araiza with 2 and Cori Yazzie with 2.

Williams won 8-4 in B team play while Williams' A team won 24-14.

B team scorers were Katreena Haswood and Cori Yazzie. Scoring for the A team were Madison Berry with 8, Chelsea Curtis with 4 and Brandie Gomez with 2.

According to Coach Andrew Aldaz, though the teams are young with the sixth grade B team playing competitively for the first time ever, the girls have clearly benefited from their experiences in other sports.

"This group of girls have been playing softball and soccer together for a while," he said. "They seem to have a pretty good team concept."

His goal is to develop strong defensive skills, which, he said, are key to scoring.

"If you can play defense, you'll score quite a bit off your defense," he said.

After just a week and a half of practice, the girls held together well on the court, he added.

"I felt they played really well their first game," he said. "At least the A team had a chance to win (against Williams)."

This is Aldaz' first year coaching middle school, after eight years at the high school level. He said he made the switch to strengthen the program, which feeds into the high school squad. Former boys JV coach Perry Smith will lead the Lady Phantoms this year.

"I wanted to try to develop skills a little more for girls making the transition from middle school to high school," Aldaz said. "I thought I could help the girls with that."

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