GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - The Grand Canyon Phantoms picked up another win for the season with a 66-57 victory over Rough Rock Community School Jan. 23.
Head Coach Jenn Hogan said the win came from confidence the team has developed and from their ability to control the tempo of the game right away.
"They came out controlling it from the very beginning," she said. "That's definitely key for us."
J.V. player Neegoh Kaska played varsity during the game, becoming a key player.
"He put some points on the board and played some rebound, he really showed up, which was really, really good," Hogan said.
Friday's game against Rough Rock gave the Phantom's a boost of confidence but left them exhausted for the homecoming game against Williams, Jan. 24.
"We thought we were going to blow them out," Hogan said. "But we were exhausted going into Williams. The kids got back at 1:30 a.m. and had games all day."
Williams went up 30 points in the first half and key player Tyler Jones left the game after a fall injured his knee. Jones' speedy recovery allowed him to rejoin the game for the second half, causing the Phantoms to pick up their game for a rally at the end.
"Tyler (Jones) went out the first half and then he came back the next half and we rallied," Hogan said. "If we would have played both halves like we played the second half, we would have beat them by fifty."
Despite an injured player and Nick Gomez and Jaru Valazquez getting into foul trouble, the team scored 35 to 40 points in the last half but still lost 83-58.
Lady Phantoms play close game against Williams
The Lady Phantoms lost to Rough Rock Community School, Jan. 23 but came back on Jan. 24 to lose by one point against Williams 28-29.
In Friday's game against Rough Rock the team had a tough first half and eventually lost 37-44.
"By the third quarter they were down 14 points," said Head Coach Jeff King. "The third quarter came around and they boosted their energy and played really hard and ended up going up three points, coming back from that 13 point deficit."
The Lady Phantoms played strong during the Jan. 24 game against Williams.
"We were up about 15 to four (points) in the first and second quarter," King said. "By half time they were only down six or seven points."
King said a lack of energy after Friday's game against Rough Rock left the team's energy depleted.
"Their energy was still low, it was down," King said. "Williams took advantage of that and got up about five points but by the fourth quarter we didn't want to lose. They really wanted that game."
With 18 seconds left in the fourth quarter, King advised the team to beginning foulling Williams players.
"They were down by six and then we scored a two pointer and then we got it back, we stole it. When they were coming down, they gave it to Deya (Ramos Dela Torre), she turned and shot it." King said. "I tried to tell them that if you can't get the ball within the first 10 seconds, foul them. But they tried to steal the ball and missed it."
The team lost to Williams 28-29.