Oree Foster
Staff Writer, AZPreps365.com

3A East girls, boys hoops: Winslow 'Dogs dominate Payson 'Horns

January 31, 2019 by Oree Foster, AZPreps365

The Winslow Bulldogs girls and boys teams dominated the Payson Longhorns in 3A East Region prep basketball action, as teams continue to scramble for the best post season positions.

Winslow Lady Bulldogs, (6-1 region, 18-5 overall), ranked No. 7 in the latest statewide power rankings, knocked off No. 24 ranked Payson, 69-39, (0-7 region, 6-11 overall), 69-39 on Wednesday night in Don Petranovich Gymnasium at Winslow.

In the boy's contest, No. 4 Winslow (5-1 region, 18-4 overall), posted a 67-52 victory over No. 36 Payson (0-6 region, 3-18 overall).

Three important 3A East Region games remain on Winslow's schedule, including contests at Blue Ridge on Friday, at Payson on Tuesday and complete the regular season on February 8 at home against Snowflake.

The 3A Region does not host a Regional Tournament.

The top 24 girl's and boy's teams in the statewide power rankings continues its season, entering the state tournament.


Winslow 69, Payson 39

Winslow rebounded with a 3A East Region victory over Payson, after dropping a close decision to longtime rival Holbrook Lady Roadrunners, on Tuesday.

Winslow head coach Jerron Jordan said he is proud of his players, as they stay focused for their remaining region games.

Winslow was ready to play when the players laced up their shoes. The Lady Bulldogs took a 23-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. Winslow outscored Payson, 15-13, in the second quarter for a 38-19 halftime lead.

The Lady Bulldogs erupted with 25 points in the third quarter. Payson could muster 10 points. Winslow increased its lead to 63-29, when the third period expired. Payson outscored Winslow, 10-6, during the fourth period.

Kylie Begay led Winslow, tallying 21 points.

"This a good bounce back win for my team," said Jordan. "My team did a good job on defense against Payson's tall front line."

Raegan Ashby poured in 12 points to pace Payson.


Winslow 67, Payson 52

Winslow head coach Scott Corum cited execution as the key to the Bulldogs 3A win over Payson, 67-51.

"It was a good win for us tonight (Wednesday)," Corum said. "We did a pretty good job on the offensive boards, with Elias Stewart grabbing five of them. We did a pretty good job executing our offense and showed good patience looking for the open shooter."

Winslow raced out to a 19-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. The tempo of the game shifted, as both team pushed the ball down the floor. The Bulldogs outscored the Longhorns, 22-18, for a 41-26 halftime advantage.

Payson shot well in the third period. The Longhorns netted 13 points to the Bulldogs' 11 markers. Winslow outscored Payson, 15-13, during the fourth quarter.

"We need to do a better job of maintaining our defensive intensity throughout the game," Corum explained. "I felt like we blew defensive assignments, especially in the third quarter."

Darius James led Winslow, pouring in 17 points. Elias Stewart added 16 points, and Zachary Wagner tallied 14 points for Winslow.

Payson's David Jonasson led all scorers with 21 points.