Middle school girls making home stand this Saturday

The Middle School girls basketball B team blew past Seligman last Saturday while the A team turned in scrappy performances against Ash Fork and Seligman.

The B team beat Seligman 17-4. Scoring were Cori Yazzie with 8, Katreena Haswood with 4, Heather Torivio with 2, Amber Nez with 2 and Kayley Wadsworth with 1.

"They played pretty well," said Head Coach Andrew Aldaz. "They were working on their defense and offense all week and they seemed to pick it up. They put some points on the board and played some pretty good defense."

In their game against Ash Fork, the A team lost 14-12 in overtime after rallying to make up an eight-point deficit and tying it 12-all in the last nine seconds in regulation play.

Ash Fork scored the winning basket about a minute and a half into a two-minute overtime. Aldaz said that while the girls had about six shots in the last 20 seconds, they couldn't quite get the ball home.

Scoring were Madison Berry with 6, Brandie Gomez with 2, Josie Araiza with 2 and Chelsea Curtis with 2.

"We had a really slow start but they kind of picked it up at the end," Aldaz said. "They played hard. We were down quite a bit at the beginning, but they came back in the second half and shut Ash Fork down. Even when they were down, they never really quit. They played hard to the very end."

The A team also put up a fight against Seligman before losing traction in the third quarter to lose it 37-25. Scoring for the Phantoms were Berry with 16, Curtis with 6, Araiza with 2 and Gomez with 1.

"We were pretty close at the half, then Seligman came out and got some quick baskets," Aldaz said. "We lost a little on defense in the third quarter."

He credited Berry with a strong offense and a double-digit scoring run.

"She had a strong game. She kept us in it," he said.

This Saturday, the middle school faces Northland Prep and Parks at home. The first game starts at 8 a.m. in the school gym. Aldaz urged the community to come out.

"I know they'd appreciate parents, students and community members coming out and watching them play," Aldaz said.

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