Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community members Mysty Hayes, T.C. Carlos and Darreian Hayes all play basketball for Mesa’s Westwood High School. Mysty Hayes plays on the freshman team, which at press time had a 16-1 record, and she also suits up for the junior varsity team along with Carlos and Darreian Hayes. The JV team is 11-6 in their division. The varsity team is 14-11.
Westwood varsity coach DJ Spetz said that he has seen improvement in each of the girls and looks forward to their success next season.
“I had not seen Mysty play basketball until November of last year. Since then she has come a long way, and she has a lot of potential,” said Spetz. “She gets aggressive out there, looks to make the team better and goes out to make that extra pass. She will definitely make that shot when she is open and it shows that she has played before.”
Spetz went on to say that Mysty Hayes could become a great basketball player.
“T.C. was a freshman last year and has also improved her ball-handling skills on the court,” said Spetz. “She has also done a much better job this year on being able to protect the ball, hit the open girl and make the right pass.”
Spetz said that Darreian Hayes is quick and athletic, and aggressive on defense. “She can get out on the open court and run people down and also score some easy lay-ups when she gets out in front of people with steals,” he said.
The game against rival Mountain View High was a tough one. “They are a great program and have always been in the state playoffs,” said Spetz.
The rivalry between Westwood and Mountain View extends to the JV team as well. In a recent JV game, the Mountain View Toros jumped out on Westwood right away; Westwood tried to recover throughout the game and showed phases where they were capable of winning.
In the freshman game, the Westwood War Eagles won, handing Mountain View its first loss for the season. The Westwood freshman team’s first lost of the season was to Mountain View as well. Both programs are 16-1 and have both beaten each other.
“All three girls have potential and need to work hard in the off season and during the summer and fall before the season starts up again to give them the chance to play varsity basketball,” said Spetz about Carlos and Mysty and Darreian Hayes.
This is Spetz’s fifth year with the program, and he has made big strides working to build the girls’ confidence and belief that they can win.