Team wins first game of the season
The Marauders varsity girls basketball team had a slow start this season with three straight losses, but came alive Monday night with a win over Chino Valley, 70-34.
Sophomore Charmagne Gyce led the Marauders with 18 points, followed by Emily Potts with 12, Natalie Johnson with 10 and Bri Young with nine.
The Marauders' shooting was on as they made 20 out of 34 attempts during the first half and 13 out of 34 in the second.
Coach Susan Holm is in her third year as head coach of the Marauders team and to her credit has enjoyed more success as the years have progressed. When she first arrived to the program, the team had only won three games during the season. After her first season, they had marked up four marks in the win column, the second year they more than doubled that tally to nine wins and the goal this year is to surpass that mark with yet another improvement.
There are five seniors that have returned to this year's squad: Johnson, Potts, Hali Nurnberg, Elissa Banuelos and Brenda Rauch. Following them are the juniors, three in total, Nicole Webb, Bri Young and Sarah Waddle. Rounding out the squad are two sophomores, Gyce and Kayla Islas.
The Marauders began their season against Sedona. They lost that game by a close score of 53-45. Webb led the team with 10 points, followed by Gyce with eight. Next on the schedule was Sandra Day O'Conner. The Marauders fell again by a score of 41-33. Nurnburg led the team that time with 11 points and Potts had seven. Their most recent loss was against Prescott, losing by only three points, 54-51. Young led the charge during that game with 13 points, Webb followed with 11 and Gyce with nine.
By the team's pattern of lead scorers, there are no major stars taking all of the shots for the team. Instead it seems as though coach Holm has a well rounded squad, from the sophomores all the way up to the seniors.
From the look of the team against Chino Valley Monday night, Holm has an entire arsenal at her disposal at any time. No matter what subs she put in, the team was able to capitalize on opportunities and just about everyone on the team scored at least two points on the way to their first victory.
"The kids have evolvedŠthey all have good attitudes and skills," said coach Holm.
Young is one of those players pointed out by coach Holm who has evolved into a complete player, after sitting the bench most of the year last year, mostly "paying her dues" so to speak.
Gyce is also a player who is putting in a surprising performance on the court. Both her scoring and rebounding is coming along nicely, especially as a sophomore. Kayla Islas, the team's other sophomore is also an animal on the court. Her rebounding skills and determination are something coach Holm commended.
This season has a change in the dynamics of the league for Mingus with the switch to 2A. "In order for us to go to State we have to beat two teams in our region. We are focusing on Coconino and Flagstaff," said coach Holm.
The team faced desert edge on Tuesday on the road and then they will get ready for the Pepsi Invite on Dec. 810.
Mingus girls junior varsity basketball team defeated Chino Valley Monday night by a score of 38-25. Reyna Gonzales scored the most points with 12 along with five steals. Jessica Kramme had six rebounds and Ashley Lawler had five rebounds. The JV has a record of 2-2.