The Flagstaff Eagles went into Tuesday's home boys basketball game looking for their first Grand Canyon Region victory, and Christian Lancaster delivered it.
Lancaster scored a career-high 37 points and Flagstaff toppled Mohave, 67-44, as the teams returned to the regular-season schedule after the holiday break.
"I think my teammates really helped me a lot, getting me open, getting me good shots, setting screens for me, and I was able to hit for them," Lancaster said.
Lancaster's big performance came in handy as Flagstaff found itself short-handed. Starting guard Nick Sneezy left the game in the first quarter on concussion protocol as a result of a hard fall and did not return. The Eagles (3-4, 1-3 Grand Canyon) recently got back Walter Downs and Chance Kortsen, who saw some court time on Tuesday.
"He's quick, he's fast, and that bodes well for him. He did a nice job of reading the floor when we broke that press, and he was aggressive and attacking," Eagles head coach Nick Walton said of Lancaster. "I didn't feel like he forced it either, because all the times he drove he also facilitated."
Nick Morrow and Josh Lenners each finished with eight points for Flagstaff, which snapped a three-game losing skid in the power-points slate. Meanwhile, Mohave (3-5, 0-2 Grand Canyon) saw its two-game win streak end.
The visiting Thunderbirds came into the region meeting six spots ahead of the No. 30 Eagles in the first set of 4A Conference power rankings released ahead of the game.
Lancaster was a force from the early minutes, connecting on a layup after dropping his shoulder and drawing a foul for a three-point opportunity that he completed. The Eagles senior finished 8 of 10 at the free-throw line.
Mohave used an 11-0 run in the second quarter to get its first of two leads in the game, but Lancaster sparked a Flagstaff 9-2 burst to close out the first half when he completed another three-point play at the stripe to help the Eagles lead 34-31 at halftime.
Morrow's layup in the paint with 5:30 to play in the third quarter gave the Eagles their final lead of the night. Lancaster added a 3 during the 8-0 outburst.
Mohave went cold in the fourth, connecting on just two field goals as Flagstaff, which started a three-game homestand with the victory, increased its advantage.
There's more to do as the season unfolds, however.
"We're about halfway to our full potential. This team has a dangerous offense and a dangerous defense," Lancaster said.
Flagstaff hosts No. 6 Thunderbird on Saturday at 3 p.m.
PANTHERS 70, BADGERS 56
Coconino (5-2, 4-0 Grand Canyon), ranked No. 12 in the initial rankings, beat No. 32 Prescott (2-5, 2-1 Grand Canyon) at home.
The Panthers take on No. 47 Mingus Union (0-7, 0-2 Grand Canyon) Friday at 7 p.m. in Cottonwood.
SPARTANS 56, FLAMES 47
Northland Prep entered Tuesday's home game with a No. 34 ranking in the 2A Conference. The Spartans (3-4, 2-1 Central) snapped a three-game slide with the victory over 48th-ranked Valley Lutheran, which has yet to win a basketball game in the power-points slate so far.
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EAGLES 83, THUNDERBIRDS 34
A career-high performance led to a season-high scoring output for No. 15 4A Flagstaff on Tuesday at home.
Emma Doskicz led all scorers with 30 points, drilling eight 3-pointers along the way while helping her Eagles rout No. 14 Mohave in a meeting of Grand Canyon Region teams. The Flagstaff senior tallied four 3s in the second quarter alone.
Flagstaff (4-2, 4-0 Grand Canyon) scored in the 80s for a regular-season game for the first time since beating a hosting Estrella Foothills, 81-56, on Jan. 14, 2016. The Eagles put up 27 points in the second quarter and added 25 in the third.
Miyah Verse recorded 16 points and Gracelyn Nez added 10 for the Eagles, who increased their win streak to four games.
Rebecca Encinas had seven points, with teammate Jasmine Redhouse providing six for the Eagles, who were in their first game back to the power-points slate after the holiday break.
Flagstaff remains home to face No. 18 Moon Valley on Thursday for a 7 p.m. contest in the War Memorial Gymnasium.
PANTHERS 52, BADGERS 36
Coconino, ranked 10th in the initial 4A rankings, got a big game from Kiana Manuelito against No. 34 Prescott.
Manuelito had 19 points, nine boards, six assists, seven steals and three blocks in the home win, helping the Panthers improve to 7-2 overall and a perfect 4-0 in the Grand Canyon Region standings.
Coconino led Prescott by just three entering the second half, 20-17, but outscored the visiting Badgers 19-7 in the third.
The Panthers take on a struggling Mingus Union, which is winless at 0-7 overall, on Friday at 5:30 p.m. in Cottonwood.
The Panthers will get their first look at transfer wing Wynter Huskie, who is eligible to play after sitting out the first nine regular-season games due to transfer rules.
The Division III Coconino Panthers came away from a multi with a 2-0 record on Monday, beating Mayer and a hosting Prescott.
Coconino's big guys helped get the job done against Prescott for a 37-33 victory. After suffering a few pins at the mids, the Panthers got back on track as Mauricio Quijano won on a 9-5 decision at 195 pounds, Ulises Gutierrez recorded a fall at 220 pounds and heavyweight Tiberone Clarke followed suit.
Quijano, who had been out for the 2019 chunk of the season while healing from football in the fall, finished his day with a 2-0 record, as he tallied another decision win, 5-0, against his Mayer opponent.
Coconino dominated Mayer, 68-9.
Anthony Escalera and Tony Hernandez each won by fall against Prescott, with teammate Kevin Williams winning on a 6-4 decision at 113 between the two lightweights. Nickolas Phillips contributed an 11-1 major decision victory at 126 pounds for Coconino, and Damingo Pimentel provided a 4-3 decision in his favor at 170 pounds.
Coconino is back on the mats for a Wednesday outing in Kingman at Lee Williams High School.
The Daily Sun Sports Staff contributed to this roundup: Mike Hartman can be reached at 556-2255 or at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @AZDS_Hartman.