With a 35-30 win over the Arizona Lutheran Coyotes Tuesday, Jan. 21 in Parker, the Parker Broncs’ varsity girls’ basketball team has widened their lead in the 2A West and remain undefeated against their region opponents.

The Broncs had to do it the hard way, coming back after being down by 10 points in the first quarter.

“We knew coming in this would be a tough game,” Coach Larissa Hansen said. “The girls hung in there and pulled it out.”

The Broncs were down, 16-10, after the first quarter. After that, however, they took things up a notch and began to catch up. By half-time, they had cut the Coyotes’ lead to one point, 25-24.

In the second half, the Broncs’ shut down the Coyotes’ offense and limited them to five points. Meanwhile, the Broncs put 11 points on the board to come away with a five-point margin of victory, 35-30.

The Coyotes managed to all but shut down the Broncs’ three best offensive players. Tallia Robledo was limited to 8 points, while Aleesha Begaye and Zahrah Schultz each had just 2. Alicia Briones led the Broncs with 9 points, including making four-of-11 free throw attempts. Bobbie Esquerra had 5 points and Demi Durham had 4.

The Broncs are now 3-0 against their 2A West rivals, and they are all alone in first place over second-place Arizona Lutheran and third-place Trivium Prep. They are 5-1 against other 2A teams, and 9-2 overall. They are ranked 14th in the state in Arizona Interscholastic Association power points.

The Parker girls have two more games this week, both on the road. They’ll play the Trivium Prep Crimson Knights Friday, Jan. 24. As of Jan. 22, the Crimson Knights are 1-1 in the 2A West, 2-6 against 2A teams and 2-7 overall. On Jan. 20, they lost to Scottsdale Christian, 40-15.

The Broncs will close out the week with a rare Saturday game against the Phoenix Country Day School Eagles. As of Jan. 22, the Eagles were 2-0 in the 2A Metro. They were 8-1 against other 2A teams and 10-1 overall.

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