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Salt River High School Lady Eagle Highlights

Submitted By Shawn V. Lytle, CAA

Salt River High School

Lady Eagles Defense Too Much for Ray
Coming off the Phoenix Country Day School Desert Classic Championship, the Lady Eagles of Salt River wanted to continue their winning ways versus the 2A Ray Bearcats on December 9. The Lady Eagles jumped out on Ray as soon as the whistle blew. The defense was suffocating, only allowing Ray to 2 points in the first quarter and 5 in the entire half. In the second half it was more of the same. With a 56-16 lead going into the fourth quarter, the Lady Eagles’ JV players got some valuable playing time that was much deserved.

Mikki Ramirez led the way with 15 points, and also scoring in double figures were senior Monique Newton with 12 and freshman Gabby Ramirez with 10. Newton also added her average, with nine assists on the night. Sophomore Blossom Wood led the defensive charge with 10 steals.

Monique Newton’s Quadruple-Double Leads the Lady Eagles Against Fort Thomas
After a long three-hour bus trip, the Salt River High School Lady Eagles girls basketball team started off their December 10 game against the Fort Thomas Apaches a little slowly, ahead by a slim 11-7 lead after the first quarter. Early in the second quarter, Lady Eagles sharpshooter Mikki Ramirez went down with a sprained ankle. Even though she was able to come back into the game, but not at 100 percent, the Lady Eagles turned up the offensive heat by scoring 22 points in the second quarter, taking a 33-23 lead at the half. With the Lady Eagles’ leading scorer not at full strength, the other players had to step up—and they did.

With a career-high 18 points, sophomore Kelcie Manuel stepped up in a big way, leading the team in scoring. Blossom Wood was a beast on the boards with nine rebounds, six on the offensive side.

This game saw something that is rarely ever done: senior point guard Monique Newton racked up 13 points, 10 rebounds, 13 steals and 14 assists, for the school’s first-ever quadruple double. This is a feat that not many other players ever achieve, and it helped SRHS score a big win over Fort Thomas. These two teams will possibly meet again in the regional playoffs in early February. This win made the Lady Eagles’ record 8-1.

Strong Second Half Propels Lady Eagles to Win over Chandler Prep
The Lady Eagles used a strong second half to take a win from the Chandler Prep Titans on December 11. With leading scorer Mikki Ramirez sitting out this game with a sprained ankle, the Eagles looked out of sync in the first half. It showed on the scoreboard, with a 25-23 half-time deficit. But the Lady Eagles went into the locker room and came out a different team in the second half. Despite having a lot of players in foul trouble, they came out in the fourth quarter and held the Titans to 2 points, to finish with a 54-40 win. Three players were in double figures, led by Monique Newton’s 18 with six steals and 10 assists, Brittney Hanna’s 15 and six rebounds, and Gabby Ramirez’s 10 points.

Lady Eagles’ Winning Streak Halted by Phoenix Christian
The Salt River Lady Eagles had their eight-game winning streak halted by the Phoenix Christian Cougars on December 15. Phoenix Christian came out on fire from behind the 3-point arc, draining four 3’s in the first quarter and giving the Cougars a 16-13 lead.

In the second quarter, senior point guard Monique Newton led the charge to tie the game at 30 going into the half. SRHS came out of halftime a little sluggish, falling behind by 8. But the Lady Eagles did not give up, coming back with great team defense and three consecutive 3-pointers by Mikki Ramirez to give the team a 1-point lead with five minutes to go in the game. However, they could not hold onto that lead. Foul trouble plagued the team all night, and it continued until the end of the game. Phoenix Christian took advantage from the charity stripe, going 18 for 24, and that sealed the 68-55 win for the Cougars.

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