Remaining perfect in the Grand Canyon Region, the Flagstaff Eagles topped the Mohave Thunderbirds 54-46 on the road Friday night behind Ramsey Penza and Troy Yazzie.
Penza and Yazzie each had 17 points for the Eagles, who went into the fourth quarter facing a 34-34 tie. Shaun Estes and K.P. Kortsen each added seven points for Flagstaff.
With the victory, the Eagles improved to 2-1 and handed Mohave, also now 2-1, it's first defeat.
Set to host the Lee Williams Volunteers on Tuesday at 7 p.m., the Eagles will play their third region game of the year before moving on to their own Pepsi Holiday Tournament.
Playing in the Red Rocks Hoops Classic Friday, the Coconino Panthers split their first two games with a 45-36 win against Grand Canyon Region rival Prescott before falling to the 2A Conference and hosting Sedona Red Rocks Scorpions, 50-36.
The Panthers ended the day with a late-night, 55-40, win against the Winslow Bulldogs. Coconino, Winslow and Sedona all finished with 2-1 records in pool play while Prescott went winless at 0-3.
FLAGSTAFF 61, MOHAVE 13
The Eagles overcame early shooting struggles and cruised to their first road victory this season, topping the Thunderbirds in a 4A, Grand Canyon Region game Friday.
Monique Ware led all scorers with 16 points and Ashley Edison added nine for the Eagles, who found their offensive flow in the second quarter. After scoring 11 in the opening quarter, Flagstaff doubled the effort and went into halftime leading 33-10.
The offensive spark also got Flagstaff into a better defensive rhythm, as the team kept Mohave, now owners of a 1-3 record, off the scoreboard in the third stanza and allowed just three fourth-quarter points.
Flagstaff, winners of three straight to open the season, was able to play its entire roster, with 11 of the 13 dressed players leaving the night with a score. Josephine Faull notched seven points, and Aaliah Tsosie, Flagstaff's lone freshman, got her first varsity points, hitting a 3-pointer and going 2 for 2 at the free-throw line.
Flagstaff returns to its home court Tuesday for another region matchup when it takes on Lee Williams for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff.
NORTHLAND PREP 51, HOLBROOK INDIAN 9
Earning their first victory of the season, the Northland Prep Spartans jumped ahead of Holbrook Indian School by 12 after the first quarter and never looked back Thursday night.
Emma Blair led the Spartans with 12 points and seven assists while Ana Nicol added 10 points and six rebounds. Lakin Stapley finished with six rebounds and Milan Nelson chipped in a pair of assists as Northland Prep led 27-5 at halftime and 44-9 at the end of the third quarter.
First-year head coach TJ Harris said the team has now been on both sides of the scoreboard, but has seen the team translate its fundamentals from practice into a game.
The Coconino Panthers came away from the Prescott meet of Division III teams with an 0-2 record after falling to the host, 54-24, and Show Low, 52-22, on Thursday.
Pedro Billups, Haiden Kendall and Talyn Godwin each went 2-0 on the day for the Panthers, who suffered four straight pins to both opponents from the 120 to 138 weight classes. Godwin won both his matches by dominating pins, taking out his Prescott opponent in 56 seconds and his Show Low foe in 1:01. Brandon Barreras also added six points to the scoreboard with a pin against Prescott, with Marcello Barreras victorious in an 8-4 decision against the Badgers.
It took Billups, wrestling at 106 pounds, 2:41 to pin Prescott’s Blaise Wilson, but the sophomore tangled the entire match with Show Low’s Tanner Fellows to get the 7-5 decision victory. Kendall, competing at 113, won both his matches by decision, also narrowly securing the victory, 8-7, over Show Low’s Nic Long.
Coconino got back into the win category Friday in Camp Verde with a 66-15 team victory over shorthanded D-IV Window Rock, which forfeited at 10 different weight classes. Coconino's Phillip Flores tallied a win by fall on Friday that came in 5:10.