The Parker Broncs girls’ basketball team had a productive week. After losing three games the week before, the Broncs came back to win two and improve their overall record to 4-3. They recorded their first win against a 3A West opponent when they defeated the Tonopah Valley Phoenix, 39-20, Feb. 2 on the road. They then came home and defeated the Camp Verde Cowboys, 36-22, the evening of Feb. 5.
Coach Kyle Peta praised the players for their work ethic and how they don’t give up.
The Broncs got off to a quick lead against Camp Verde, leading by 12-7 at the end of the first quarter. They built up the lead in the second quarter as the Cowboys were scoreless. At half-time, the Broncs led, 21-7.
Camp Verde had quite a scoring drought during the game. They scored midway through the first quarter, but then they didn’t score again until the middle of the third quarter. The Broncs used this opportunity to build up their lead.
The Cowboys made a push late in the third quarter, but the Broncs still had a big 28-16 lead. The two teams played about even in the fourth quarter, and the final score was Parker 36, Camp Verde 22.
Tallia Robledo led Parker with 17 points, including a pair of three-pointers and 3 of 7 free throw attempts. Casandra Sandoval had 6, Ernee McCabe had 5, Adryanna Robledo had a three-pointer, Vanessa Jimenez and Alicea Moreno each had 2, and Tyra Robledo made a free throw.
For Camp Verde, Bridgette Fitzgerald led with 9 points, including a pair of three-pointers.
“It was nice to get a win tonight,” Peta said after the game. “Our defense was faster tonight. We have to get back in the gym and work on finishing.”
Peta praised his players for their attitude.
“They have a great work ethic,” he said. “They don’t give up. They played the whole game 100 percent. That’s a reflection of their character.”
On Tuesday, Feb. 2, the Broncs went on the road to play a 3A West rival, the Tonopah Valley Phoenix. They came away with a 39-20 win for their first win of the 2021 season over a region opponent. Tyra Robledo led Parker with 9 points, Ernee McCabe had 8, Casandra Sandoval added 7, Tallia Robledo had 6, and Evelyn McCabe and Adryanna Robledo each had 4.
As of Feb. 6, the Broncs are 1-2 against their region rivals and are in fourth place in the 3A West. They are 3-2 against 3A teams and 4-3 overall. They have three games scheduled for this week.
The first will be Feb. 8, when they travel to Bullhead City to take on the Mohave Accelerated Patriots. Their last meeting was Jan. 21 in Parker, and the Broncs won, 54-33. On Feb. 11, the Broncs will be on the road again as they face the Kingman Academy Tigers. When these two teams met Jan. 28 in Parker, the Broncs were handed a close 41-37 loss. Finally, on Feb. 12, they’ll take on another 3A West rival, the Yuma Catholic Shamrocks. The two teams met Jan. 26 in Yuma, and the Broncs lost, 61-30.
Here are the standings of the 3A West, as of Feb. 7, according to the Arizona Interscholastic Assocation. Teams are listed by the records in the section, their records against 3A teams, and their overall records. Tie-breakers are explained after the team’s record.
Yuma Catholic, 3-0, 3-0, 5-0
Kingman, 1-1, 1-1, 2-2 (1-0 over Wickenburg)
Wickenburg, 2-2, 6-3, 6-3 (0-1 against Kingman)
PARKER, 1-2, 3-2, 4-3
Tonopah Valley, 0-2, 0-5, 0-6.