The Horizon High School girls basketball team enjoyed a 90-minute drive north for three days of action and ended up winning the Bradshaw Mountain Lady Bears Invitational last weekend for the second straight season.
Horizon knocked off Cottonwood Mingus, Prescott Valley Bradshaw Mountain, Wickenburg, a California school and then Flagstaff Sinagua (10-1) in the championship game.
‘‘We still play to the level of the competition a lot," Horizon coach Troy Wiese said. ‘‘But we played very well against Sinagua. They are a very good 4A team. They were the favorite to win the tournament."
Horizon’s Alicia Ramirez and Cody Gahan were selected to the all-tournament team. Gahan’s most timely contribution was defense in the fourth period against Sinagua standout Teresa Fukumoto. Fukumoto had 21 points in the title game, but just two in the fourth quarter.
Horizon has played the entire season without guard Amy Beaumont, who is out with a knee injury. She has been cleared to return following the holiday break on Jan. 6 when Horizon takes on topranked Phoenix St. Mary’s. Twin sister Carrie Beaumont battled the flu last week and missed three of the Huskies’ tournament games. She returned to the lineup Saturday for the semifinal and final.
Westwood near miss: Westwood came up three points short of winning the North Canyon Invitational last Saturday, falling to host Phoenix North Canyon in the final, 51-49.
Junior center Monique Poolaw scored 19 points in the title game, helping Westwood nearly overtake the Rattlers and an 18-point deficit. The unsung player, according to coach Sally Christensen, was 5-foot-5 point guard Priscilla Yanez.
‘‘She averaged about 10 points and five assists per game,’’ Christensen said. ‘‘She doesn’t usually score a lot of points, but she does run the team. She’s important to us.’’
Yanez’s foul trouble in the second half last week against Mountain View in an East Valley Region game was a major factor in the Toros rallying for a 44-41 win over the Warriors. Westwood is still pleased with its 6-3 start. The Warriors play next Monday and Tuesday in the Payson Invitational.
On the mend: Desert Vista standout guard Monique Bribiescas attended Monday’s championship game of the National Division of the Nike Tournament of Champions on crutches after she injured her right ankle when coming down with a rebound during a game on Saturday.
Bribiescas, who has signed to play at New Mexico State next season, was scheduled to see a doctor Monday afternoon. Desert Vista coach Henry Bribiescas, Monique’s father, said that he does not think his daughter’s ankle is broken. Desert Vista is next scheduled to play Monday in a holiday tournament at Tucson Flowing Wells. Desert Vista lost its three games in the Nike Tournament this weekend, each to defending state champions.
Big crowds watch Mountain Lions:
Red Mountain may have seemed a bit out of place at Page High’s Navajo Generating Station Classic over the weekend since it was the only 5A team and one of just two teams from the Valley involved.
But Mountain Lions coach Greg Sessions said the experience was a good one for his players, especially considering the size of the crowds at the tournament.
He said about 2,000 people showed up for the Mountain Lions’ semifinal win over Chinle and at least 3,000 watched his squad fall to Page in overtime of the championship game.
"They’re not just large crowds, but they’re good basketball fans," Sessions said. "They cheered for their team. They booed us a little bit. The kids got a kick out of it."
Red Mountain (4-5) was led to the tournament title game by senior guards David Hall and Chris Geefling, both of whom wh ere named to the alltournament team. Sessions said Hall likely would have been named tournament MVP had Red Mountain won the championship.
Padres hang on: Marcos de Niza hasn’t allowed the stress fracture in senior guard Dubios Williams’ left foot to sink its season. In fact, the Padres (8-3) are coming off a consolation championship win at the Husky Invitational.
Marcos has been aided greatly by its sophomore class, which includes forwards Kenny Washington and Michael Broom and guard Kal Bay.
"We’re starting three sophomores and a transfer (guard Dominique Spellman) and we’re still trying to learn to play together as a team," Marcos coach David Stark said. "Hopefully we’ll get there by the time Dub gets back."
The Padres will have plenty of time to mesh without Williams in the lineup. He and his 22 points per game should be missing until the start of Central Region play.
East Valley Region: Don’t look now but the East Valley Region is very much up in the air. Mountain View got past preseason favorite Dobson in overtime last week and then Mesa beat Mountain View 3-1 later in the week. Meanwhile, Yuma Cibola has quietly put together a 5-2 record and could challenge the perennial contenders. Dobson played without top scorers James Cooper and Andrew Chorley, along with defender Chance Schellenbaum, who were all serving suspensions for being red-carded in a game against Mountain Pointe during the Fiesta Bowl tournament. All will return next week.
- Staff writer Matt Simpson and correspondents Al Bravo and Jim Richards contributed to this report.