The Parker Broncs girls’ basketball team ended the regular season Feb. 11 with two triumphs. They not only defeated the Trivium Prep Crimson Knights, 56-20, they nailed down the 2A West regular season title.
The Broncs finish the season with a record of 7-1 against their 2A West rivals. The team in second place, the Arizona Lutheran Academy Coyotes, are at 6-1 as of Feb. 12, but they still have one more game to play. Should they defeat Trivium Prep in their final game, their final record in the region would be 7-1. The Broncs win the title because they have a better record against 2A teams (9-3, .750) than Arizona Lutheran would have if they won their last game (12-5, .706).
Against Trivium, the Broncs got off to a quick start and they never looked back. At the end of the first quarter, they were up, 20-8. They increased their lead to 34-8 at half-time. By the end of the third quarter, it was Parker 48, Trivium 18. The officials decided to let the clock run in the fourth quarter, and the Broncs came away with a 56-20 win.
Aleesha Begaye led Parker with 11 points, including four free-throws in the fourth quarter. Alicia Briones scored 10, Bobbie Esquerra added 9, Demi Durham and Zariah Tahbo each had 6, and Tallia and Tyra Robledo each had 4.
For the Crimson Knights, Joy Imchi and Vanessa McCloud led the team with 6 points each.
This was Senior Night, and the Broncs’ seniors were honored in a ceremony after the game. They included Aleesha Begaye, Alicia Briones, Zahrah Schultz, Zariah Tahbo and Bobbie Esquerra.
“Everyone played well,” Parker Coach Larissa Hansen said of the game. “The seniors came out and gave us a lot of energy. Now we need to focus on the playoffs.”
Despite the win, the Broncs slipped a notch in the Arizona Interscholastic Association power points rankings to No. 17. If they stay in this position, they’ll face the No. 16 team in a tournament play-in game Feb. 18 on the road. As of Feb. 12, the No. 16 team is the Phoenix Christian Cougars.
Parker High Athletic Director Dan Maya said they should know on the final rankings and bracket placements later this week.