Basketball season is just about over for some and for others it’s time to play their best ball of the season. For the Salt River High School Lady Eagles, who are still ranked first in their division, experience and defense are going to be the leading components as they battle for the championship game. Their first game was won with an unbelievable score of 54-5, crushing Scottsdale Prep Academy. The Lady Eagles finished the game with 54% field goal percentage.
No. 22 Briana Kewanwytewa led the team in points with 17. No. 10 Kishan Cooper and No. 33 Rachel Cooper both finished the game with 10 points each, Rachel was the MVP.
Their second game was a little more competitive against the Arizona Lutheran Academy Coyotes. The Coyotes kept up with the Lady Eagles Friday night, at the Peoria High School gymnasium, but the Lady Eagles finished strong. Defeating the Lady Coyotes by a score of 48-43 puts the Lady Eagles total wins at 25 and 4 losses. No. 10 Joy Manuel owned the court Friday night with 13 rebounds, 13 points and seven steals. Shortly after the victory, the announcer congratulated head coach Shawn Lytle on his 200th career win.
Saturday night, February 12, was much of the same story, as the Lady Eagles defeated their arch rival, the Tempe Prep. Knights, 51-47. The tables have turned 180 degrees since last season. Some may remember at this time last year the only losses the Lady Eagles suffered when they played against the Lady Knights, ending the season with their final loss against the Lady Knights, in the championship game. No. 22 Briana Kewanwytewa was undoubtedly the MVP as she led both teams in points with 24. Other stats included two rebounds and three steals.
With determination in their eyes and a tough man to man defense, the Lady Eagles are showing why they are the number one seed in the sectional tournament. Check back on the next issue to see how the journey to number one unravels for the Lady Eagles.