Two wins this past week, including one against a 2A West region rival, have left the Parker Broncs’ girls’ basketball team all alone in first place atop the 2A West. With a 2-0 record against the region rivals, the Broncs are a game ahead of the second place Arizona Lutheran Academy Coyotes, who are 1-0.
“It feels pretty good,” said Broncs’ Coach Larissa Hansen.
The Broncs’ first win came against the Kingman Academy Coyotes Jan. 13. The final was Parker 47, Kingman Academy 37. The second win was a 50-26 victory over the Tonopah Valley Phoenix Jan. 17. Both games were on the road.
In the Kingman Academy game, the Broncs had to come from behind to win. They were down at halftime, but they came back in the second half. Hansen said the Tigers are always a tough opponent.
“They always give us a run for our money,” she said.
Zahrah Schultz came off the bench to play well defensively and lead all scorers with 16 points.
The Tonopah Valley game was one of those that was over almost before it began. The Broncs jumped out to a 22-0 lead in the first quarter. The Phoenix went on something of a spree after that, and the half-time score was Parker 26, Tonopah Valley 11.
The Broncs really took control in the second half and outscored the Phoenix, 24 to 15, to make the final Parker 50, Tonopah Valley 26. Hansen said all the Broncs who entered the game scored.
Aleesha Begaye led the Broncs with 12 points.
Hansen said the Broncs’ bench players have contributed a lot to their success. She said several players came off the bench in both games and played very well.
“We have more depth now than we’ve had in years,” she said.
As was noted before, the Broncs are in first place in the 2A West with a 2-0 record against the region opponents. They are 4-1 against other 2A teams, and 8-2 overall. They are ranked 14th in the state in Arizona Interscholastic Association power points.
The Broncs will have a chance to expand that lead Tuesday night, Jan. 21, when they face the Arizona Lutheran Coyotes at home. Game time is 6 p.m. They’ll have road games later in the week, when they face the Trivium Prep Crimson Knights Friday, Jan. 24 and then play the Phoenix Country Day School Eagles Saturday, Jan. 25.