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Joy Manuel of the Salt River Lady Eagles darts towards the basket in a game against the Fountain Hills Falcons.

Salt River High School Basketball, January 31 Games

By Richie Corrales
Au-Authm Action News

Salt River Lady Eagles vs. Fountain Hills Falcons
The Salt River High School Lady Eagles played the Fountain Hills Falcons on January 31 at home. Both teams started off a little slowly. The Lady Eagles played good defense and overall just tried to get their rhythm going in the game. By the second quarter, they found it, and then they were able to hold Fountain Hills on defense and get back into the game with a nice lead by halftime, 28-20.
In the third quarter, the Lady Eagles stretched their lead a little bit, and in the fourth they maintained and made some key free throws. They won the game, 53-47, against a very good solid Division 3 team.

“This year we played eight people in the rotation, and based on the rotation are students who play consistent minutes throughout the game, and all of those players are key players to the team,” said Athletic Director/Girls Basketball Coach Shawn Lytle.

“We are very balanced. Any given night, we can put any one of those girls in and they will be our lead scorers for the team,” said Lytle. “Each one has been a leading scorer and has at least averaged nine points a game.”

Early in the season, the girls faced some strong challenges, and the middle of this season wasn’t their strongest. But since Christmas break they have been playing better. The current Lady Eagles record is 26-4, and the team is ranked at No. 46.

During the game against Fountain Hills, the Lady Eagles wore white and pink jerseys to show support of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). They played for Kay Yow, a Hall of Fame women’s basketball coach for North Carolina State University who passed away from breast cancer in 2009.

The slogan is “Play4Kay,” part of the “WBCA Pink Zone.” It’s an initiative that unites a nation of coaches on the court, across campuses and in communities to raise breast cancer awareness and support research.

The team accepted donations for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund throughout the game and was able to raise some money in the name of Salt River High School. The girls wanted show their support of breast cancer research and purchased their own uniforms, which they wore during the game.

Salt River Eagles vs. Fountain Hills Falcons
The Salt River High School boys team has come a long way. The majority of the team is made up of juniors and seniors, and their record for the season at the end of January was 17-11.

“The team improved a lot [by] working hard throughout the summer and during the school year, and it showed with having a 17-11 record,” said Lytle.

Their game against Fountain hills brought a challenge to the Eagles. Several times the Eagles brought the lead down to 3 or 4 points, but they just were not able to get over that hump and take over.

“We were able to stay with a solid team and play hard against them,” said Lytle. The final score was 61 Falcons and Eagles 47.

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