Turning a halftime tie into a six-point lead at the end of the third quarter, the Coconino boys basketball team remained undefeated in regular season play by beating the Mohave Thunderbirds 54-48.
After falling behind by five in the first quarter, the Panthers came back to tie the score at 23 thanks to a seven-point quarter from Harding Eddie. Eddie led Coconino with 12 points, followed by 11 for Joram Watson and Brennan Motes' 10.
Shooting 14 free throws in the final quarter, Coconino connected on 11 of them spread across five different players. The Panthers improved to 5-0 in the regular season, as well as 2-0 in the Grand Canyon Region, while Mohave slipped to 4-3 and 0-3 in region.
The Panthers host the Prescott Badgers on Friday at 7 p.m.
PRESCOTT 68, FLAGSTAFF 62
Falling behind 20-12 in the first quarter, the Flagstaff Eagles (3-2) fell to a Grand Canyon Region foe for the first time in recent memory Monday night on the road.
With the Prescott Badgers building up a 37-19 lead at halftime, Flagstaff chipped away to 52-41 at the end of the third before losing by six. K.P. Kortsen led the Eagles with 24 points followed by Troy Yazzie's 13.
The Eagles host the Mohave Thunderbirds on Friday at 7 p.m. for another Grand Canyon Region game.
COCONINO 56, MOHAVE 34
Bouncing back after missing the finals of the Pepsi Holiday Tournament this past weekend, the Coconino Panthers improved to 4-1 in the regular season and 2-0 in the Grand Canyon region with a win at Mohave Monday night.
After a slow start for the Panthers, trailing by two at the half, Coconino put Mohave away with a dominant 27-3 third quarter.
Kaylee Begay led the Panthers with 13 points, followed by Maya Tijerin's 12 points and Kailani Charlie's seven. Kortnee Begaye added five points and nine rebounds.
The Panthers host the Prescott Badgers on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
FLAGSTAFF 57, PRESCOTT 25
Dominating from the start, the Flagstaff Eagles won their sixth game in the past five days and continued their unblemished season.
Now 5-0, and 4-0 in the Grand Canyon Region, the Eagles were led by Monique Ware's 24 points. Scoring 18 in the first quarter, Ware accounted for nearly all of Flagstaff's 20 points in the opening eight minutes. Mikalia Kayaani-Lee added eight and Emma Doskicz finished with six points.
The Eagles host the Mohave Thunderbirds on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
FLAGSTAFF 2, CACTUS SHADOWS 1
Rallying back from a 1-0 deficit, the Flagstaff Eagles improved to 4-0 with a 2-1 victory over the Cactus Shadows Falcons (2-1) for the second straight year.
Calista Chaffin helped put Flagstaff on the board, speeding past the defense and sending a cross in to Brianna White to tie the match. In the second half, Taylor Hazlett won a header off of a corner with Zalma Batrez-Cardoza capitalizing for the game-winner.
The Eagles will play their final regular season match before the holidays on 3 p.m. Thursday at home against the Greenway Demons.
COCONINO 3, SAGUARO 3
Battling with the visiting Saguaro Sabercats to a high-scoring tie Monday afternoon, the Coconino Panthers record moved to 3-1-1 in the regular season.
The Panthers will be idle from regular season play until the new year, with the AZ Soccer Showcase set for Dec. 27 in the Valley.
SAGUARO 3, COCONINO 0
Falling on the road to the Saguaro Sabercats, the Coconino Panthers fell to 1-3 in the regular season with the loss.
The Panthers host the Cactus Cobras on Friday at 3 p.m.