November 25, 2004
Some girls basketball players cringe when they look at an opposing team’s roster and see three players listed at taller than 6 feet, including one at 6-foot-5.
The diminutive Horizon High School backcourt of Amy Beaumont and Alicia Ramirez — both listed at 5-4 — begin to lick their chops.
"It’s more fun playing against bigger players," Beaumont said. "It’s something we look forward to."
"We get to wrestle people around," Ramirez said.
The tandem had a great time Wednesday night in a 49-38 victory over the giants of Phoenix Thunderbird in pool play of the Highland Thanksgiving girls basketball tournament at Desert Ridge.
Ramirez scored 11 points, Beaumont had eight and forward Antoinette Reed led all scorers with 15.
But it was the backcourt tandem’s defense in the game’s later stages that turned a close game into a Horizon victory.
"Our shots started falling once our defense started picking up," said Beaumont, who made perhaps the play of the game when she stole an inbounds pass and then fired in a 3-point shot late in the third quarter to give the Huskies (3-0) a 35-30 lead.
Ramirez’s aggressive offense led her to the foul line, where she hit both free throws and then added a field goal to extend Horizon’s lead to 39-32 early in the fourth quarter. Reed’s steal and feed to Beaumont for a layup increased the lead to 43-34 with 4:38 to play and had the Horizon crowd on its feet.
"Our goal was to keep pressuring them and, hopefully, (Thunderbird) would tire," Horizon coach Troy Wiese said. "I don’t know if they were just winded. I told the girls you never know when that’s going to happen. You can keep pressuring them all game and it can happen."
Containing Thunderbird guard Jasmine Foster was on the minds of Ramirez and Beaumont.
Foster led Thunderbird with 11 points.
"We knew that we had to double-up on Jasmine," Ramirez said. "She’s such a great player."
Horizon posted an 18-13 record last season and made it to the second round of the Class 5A state tournament.
Horizon’s tallest player is 5-8, so the Huskies expect to be smaller than most teams they play.
"We’re smaller than most teams so we’re going to have to play an up-tempo game," Wiese said. "We knew that we had a good team coming into this season and, barring injury, we can be very competitive with any team that we’re playing."