PHS girls basketball

Wickenburg’s Mercy Uldrickson (23) and Parker’s Tyra Robledo (13) let a ball go out of bounds late in the game between Wickenburg and Parker Friday, Jan. 29 in Parker. Wickenburg would win, 45-35.

It was a rough week for the Parker Broncs girls’ basketball team. After winning their two games the week before, they had three losses. They lost to Yuma Catholic, 61-30, Tuesday, Jan. 26 in Yuma and then lost two home games, one to Kingman Academy, 41-37, on Jan. 28 and the other to Wickenburg, 45-35, on Jan. 29.

“We didn’t finish well at their rim,” Coach Kyle Peta said after the Wickenburg game.

The Broncs got into an 8-0 hole in the first quarter, but they came back to take a 9-8 lead at the end of the quarter. That would be as close as they would get. Wickenburg would have a nine-point lead at the end of the first half, 24-15. They still led by nine at the end of the third quarter, 36-27. They added slightly to that lead in the fourth quarter and won by 10, 45-35.

Casandra Sandoval led Parker with 12 points. Tallia Robledo added 9, and Brianna Carter had 5.

Peta said the Broncs need to work on finishing what they start.

“The effort was good and the intensity was there,” he said. “We just haven’t put together a complete game.”

“We’re still learning what works,” Peta continued. “We need to work on passing.”

In the loss to Yuma Catholic, Tyra Robledo led the Broncs with 11 points, including a three-pointer and four free throws. Sandoval and DeAndrea Robledo each had 5 points. Evelyn McCabe and Ernie McCabe each scored 4.

In the loss to Kingman Academy, Tallia Robledo led the Broncs with 8 points. Tyra Robledo had 7, and Adryana Robledo scored 6.

The Broncs are now 2-3 overall and 0-2 against their 3A West rivals. They have one road game and two home games this week. On Tuesday, Feb. 2, they’ll be on the road to play the Tonopah Valley Phoenix. On Wednesday, Feb. 5, they’ll be at home against the River Valley Dust Devils. They’ll again be at home Friday, Feb. 5, when they take on the Camp Verde Cowboys. Game time for the home games is 5:30 p.m.

The Arizona Interscholastic Association has restricted attendance at these games due to the coronavirus pandemic. No more than two parents or guardians of student-athletes may attend at their home courts. All participants and spectators, including officials and competitors, must wear face masks at all times. Except for athletes who are actually competing, all participants and spectators must practice social distancing.

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