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The Coconino Panthers girls basketball team got a win Tuesday night, beating the Cortez Colts 53-33 in the Valley in a meeting of two 4A Conference programs.

Mahala Long had a double-double after scoring a team-high 15 points and hauling in a team-high 11 boards against the Colts -- who, according to Panthers head coach Martin Reyes, had some size to the game.

Kiana Manuelito added in a solid all-around game with 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Coconino, and teammate Marilee David aided in Long's night inside with nine points and six boards.

The Panthers led 28-11 at halftime, despite a rough second quarter by both teams -- as Coconino scored just seven points and Cortez had just four in the quarter. 

An 18-point third pushed the Panthers ahead enough to effectively seal the win.

Coconino improved to 2-1 and will continue its run of four games this week with a home game against Buckeye Union (0-1) Thursday at Coconino High School. Tipoff Thursday is set for 7 p.m.

BOYS BASKETBALL

EAGLES 55, ROCKETS 44

Nick Sneezy had 17 points, two of his teammates added nine apiece and Flagstaff rallied for its first win of the season Tuesday, beating Moon Valley in Phoenix.

Walter Downs and Josh Lenners each finished with nine points for the Eagles, who evened out their record at 1-1 with the victory. The Eagles went into halftime with the game between the two 4A schools tied at 26-all and were down two points entering the final quarter.

Tyler Centner added six points for the Eagles, who outscored the Rockets 19-6 in the final quarter.

Flagstaff hosts 4A Seton Catholic on Friday for a 7 p.m. game in the War Memorial Gymnasium.

VOLLEYBALL

The Flagstaff Eagles volleyball team had a pair of players earn All-Conference honors in the recently.

Senior libero Paetyn Nakai, who played the position for the first time this season for the Eagles, was named the 4A Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year, taking the award alongside Youngker's Sienna Cumbie. This year Nakai finished third in the 4A in digs with 453 as she anchored the back line of Flagstaff's defense.

Gracelyn Nez, who was named the Arizona Daily Sun volleyball athlete of the year following the end of the season, landed on the first team. She led the entire 4A in kills with more than 430 on the season.

The Eagles made it to the 4A state tournament semifinal round this season.

GIRLS SOCCER

The Northland Prep girls soccer team placed six on the 2A All-Conference first team and added in a number of other awards after claiming a third straight state championship in the fall.

Ellie Karren took home conference offensive player of the year, Alyssa Sturm won defensive player of the year and Mia Blair was named the conference player of the year just over a year after tearing her ACL prior to the 2018 season.

Sydeny Sventek, Payten Schmidt and Ginger Blodgett joined Sturm, Karren and Blair on the first team.

Rylee Reed was the lone Spartan to be named to the second team. Astrid Bell, Jordan Blair, Jayden Dvorak and Hannah Petrucci were all named as conference honorable mentions.

MORE GIRLS SOCCER

Both of the 4A Flagstaff and Coconino girls soccer teams won their season openers on Tuesday, with both playing on the road. The Eagles opened with a 13-0 win over 4A Peoria, and the Panthers outlasted the 4A Desert Edge Scorpions, 2-1.

Flagstaff's home opener is Tuesday against Thunderbird at 3 p.m. Coconino next plays Cactus on the road on Tuesday.

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