The Flagstaff Eagles girls basketball team went 2-0 on Day One of the Gator Winter Classic at Green Valley High School in Henderson, Nevada, Wednesday.
Gracelyn Nez was a highlight on the offense in both games for the Eagles, who toppled two Las Vegas-based teams to get the tourney going. The freshman scored 12 points in the opening game, a 53-7 win over the Valley Vikings, and she recorded 16 in Flagstaff's 57-31 victory over Sunrise Mountain.
The Eagles are using the tournament to stay ready for the restart of the regular-season schedule. Flagstaff could play all the way into Saturday, depending on how the next two days of tournament action unfold.
Eagles guard Sheridan Edgewater dropped 21 points against Sunrise Mountain, connecting for three 3-pointers during her game-high performance. She scored nine against Valley, which failed to put a point on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter against the Eagles.
Josephine Faull added eight points against Valley and Hailey Armus contributed six. Also for the Eagles, Emma Doskicz had seven points in the opener and three in the second game, with teammate Breonna Curtis notching five points in the first win and eight in the second. Flagstaff's Rebecca Encinas scored five against Sunrise Mountain.
They have been busy off the court during the holidays too. The girls team spent the day with children at Naomi House just before Christmas arrived. According to their Facebook page, "They decorated cookies, built gingerbread houses, made lunch of Navajo tacos, rode bikes and played in the playground. They were also Santa's secret ninja elves as they were able to provide 25-plus Christmas presents to all the kids."