The No. 11 Coconino Panthers girls basketball team has been waiting patiently for transfer wing Wynter Huskie, and the waiting payed off quickly.
Huskie scored 16 points and added six rebounds, three assists and five steals as the Panthers remain perfect in the Grand Canyon Region and won their fifth straight game with a 47-32 win over No. 45 Mingus Union on the road in Cottonwood Friday night.
Huskie scored all 16 of her points in the second half. Panthers' star guard Kiana Manuelito was knocked out of the game early after getting hit in the eye, forcing much of the workload onto Huskie.
Despite the injury, which happened very early on in the game according to Panthers head coach Martin Reyes, the Panthers were still able to take care of a chippy and struggling Mingus team, which is still winless at 0-8.
Coconino improved to 8-2 overall and 5-0 in the Grand Canyon, as the team gets a week off before hosting crosstown rival Flagstaff next Friday at Coconino High School.
MATADORS 62, EAGLES 51
The No. 2 Shadow Mountain Matadors were too much for No. 14 Flagstaff to handle on the road Friday night in the Valley in a 4A Conference match up.
The Eagles started out slow but made a late push to cut the score down to a six-point deficit with six minutes left, but the rally came up just short against the powerhouse.
Emma Doskicz scored 22 points and made six treys in the loss while Shadow Moutain's Senya Rabouin scored a game-high 28 points, including a 7-of-10 night from the free-throw line.
The Eagles fell to 5-3 overall and snapped a five-game winning streak with the loss Friday night. The Eagles get back to Grand Canyon play as they host Mingus Union Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the War Memorial Gymnasium.
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PANTHERS 64, MARAUDERS 48
The No. 14 Panthers remained in the driver's seat of the Grand Canyon Region with another strong win.
The Panthers forced Mingus Union into 26 turnovers en route to a 64-48 win in Cottonwood. Jacob Begay led the scoring charge for Coconino, which improved to 6-2 overall and 5-0 in the Grand Canyon, with 20 points including a trio of 3-pointers.
Avram Tijerin added in 19 while shooting 2-of-2 from deep and Preston Olney had 13 points, four assists, five rebounds and nine steals for Coconino.
The Panthers draw a tough test Monday as they travel to the Valley to take on No. 11 Buckeye Union (5-1) on Monday.
PANTHERS 2, CARDINALS 2
Coconino and Glendale played to a 2-all draw Friday at Glendale High School.
The Panthers faced a 2-1 deficit entering the second half, but found the back of the net to keep the game alive.
Coconino now sits at 2-1-1 overall after its first draw of the season, and will next take on Desert Edge (4-0) Monday at home at 3 p.m.
TITANS 3, EAGLES 2
The Flagstaff Eagles fell for the first time this season, losing a close match on the road at Arcadia.
Flagstaff lost 3-2 and now sits at 6-1 overall after dropping its first regular season match since mid-January of last season. The Eagles get a week off before traveling to Kingman to take on region rival Lee Williams on Friday.