Lady Eagles Keep It Rolling at 3A No. 1 Coolidge
The Lady Eagles shot the ball well against the No. 1-ranked power point team from the 3A conference, the Coolidge Bears, on January 4. The Lady Eagles made the one-hour trip south to Coolidge for a hard-fought win. They took a 14-8 lead after the first quarter behind the hot shooting of Mikki Ramirez, with 13 points. The second quarter was more of the same, with both Monique Newton and Ramirez dropping 6 points, for a 28-19 lead at the half.
In the third quarter, the Lady Eagles came out a little slowly, allowing Coolidge to cut the lead to 8 points at the end the quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Lady Eagles found the scoring touch again with 17 points in the final frame, finishing with a 53-38 win. Monique Newton logged 13 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals. Mikki Ramirez led all scorers with 30. The Lady Eagles shot 52 percent from the field.
Lady Eagles Open Up Region Play with a Win Over Rival Gilbert Christian
The defending 1A state champions came into the Salt River High School gym on January 6 to open up region play, but went home with a 29-point loss. Gilbert Christian, formerly Surrey Garden Christian School, came in with its best player out for the season; but with the confidence of winning last year’s state championship, they still hoped to come out and play well. Running on a little bit of spite for the Knights for winning the championship that they thought should have been theirs last year, the Lady Eagles came out powerfully, jumping on the Knights 22-11 at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Eagles had six players in the scoring column, and their full-court press was too much for Gilbert Christian to handle, so the Lady Eagles made many easy baskets in transition. At halftime, Salt River took a 39-19 lead to the locker room.
The third quarter was more of the same, with the Lady Eagles taking a 31-point lead into the fourth. That triggered the new AIA mercy rule, meaning the clock runs and doesn’t stop. With this big of a lead, the team was able to try some different player combinations, and the Lady Eagles finished up with a 67-38 win.
Monique Newton logged 17 points, 10 assists and 8 steals. Mikki Ramirez drained 30 points, and Dashia Enos had a career-high 7 rebounds.
Lady Eagles Roll Veritas 60-19
A couple days after their big win against conference rival Gilbert Christian, the Lady Eagles came out a little flat at Veritas on January 9. The first half was not one of their best, with the team leading 19-8. In the second half, the Lady Eagles woke up and were able to get their offense going, scoring 18 points in the third quarter and 23 points in the fourth, while holding Veritas to 6 points in the third and 5 points in the fourth.
Three Lady Eagles were in double figures: Mikki Ramirez with 24, Monique Newton with 14 and Kelcie Manuel with 13. Monique Newton recorded a triple-double with 14 points, 10 assists and 11 steals.
Solid Team Defense Leads Salt River to Big Win Over Salome
The 90 minutes in the bus driving to Salome must have been exactly what the doctor ordered after a sluggish start at Veritas on January 9. The Lady Eagles were focused from the minute they stepped off the bus. Salome, led by standout Taylor Maynes, was completely shut down by the Lady Eagles’ defense. The Eagles used five different defenders to constantly hawk Maynes, holding her to only 6 points; four of those points were scored in the fourth quarter, when the junior varsity players were in the game.
Sophomore Blossom Wood showed that she can score, dropping 11 first-quarter points. The Lady Eagles jumped out to a 19-5 lead at the end of the first period. The second and third quarters were more of the same. At the end of three, the Lady Eagles were up by 27 points, 49-22. In the fourth quarter the JV squad finished up, giving the Lady Eagles a 55-41 win. Eight different Lady Eagles players scored in the game.
A Balanced Scoring Attack and Solid Defense Lead the Lady Eagles Past Superior, 79-23
The Lady Eagles kept up their great defense and were able to use a balanced scoring attack to deflate the Panthers of Superior High School early. The Lady Eagles jumped out to a 32-4 first-quarter lead, with seven different players in the scoring column.
During the second quarter, the Eagles went to a man-to-man defense and worked on their passing half-court offense. This allowed Superior to cut a little into the 30-plus-point lead. The final score was 79-23, bringing the Lady Eagles’ record to 19-4.