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School is out for the holiday break, but the Flagstaff and Coconino girls basketball teams are in the gyms.

The Flagstaff Eagles started their run in the Gator Winter Classic with a 4-0 record, and the Coconino Panthers went 3-1 to get their stay in the Tucson Cactus Classic going.

Playing in Henderson, Nevada, in an annual tourney hosted by Green Valley High School, the Eagles cruised through pool play before winning their quarterfinal game of the Diamond Bracket, 65-44, over the Coronado Cougars of Nevada on Friday.

The Panthers outlasted Pusch Ridge, 43-40, on Thursday, fell to Tucson, 53-32, on Friday and beat Desert Christian, 44-26, Friday evening.

Flagstaff's Monique Ware scored 30 points against Coronado, which also went 3-0 to advance out of pool play. Ware, a normal starter who had been dealing with an injury, came off the bench during the tourney for the Eagles. On Friday, she entered the game a bit earlier than normal in order to provide her team a spark, helping the Eagles take a 34-23 lead into halftime.

A force on both sides of the court for the Eagles along with Ware, Mikaila Kayaani-Lee added 15 points, with Ashley Edison providing eight.

A 56-20 win over the South Anchorage Wolverines of Alaska on Wednesday began Flagstaff's pool play action. In that game, Josephine Faull was dominant inside and dropped 19 points to lead the Eagles, who got 12 points from Hailey Armus. On Thursday, Flagstaff beat Del Sol, 62-21, behind Madison McCabe's 12 points and Sheridan Edgewater's 10 points, and Ware, Armus and Aliya Reid each contributed eight. Flagstaff went on dominate Needles, 60-8, Thursday. In both games Thursday, the Eagles scored 29 first-quarter points.

Despite trailing 23-21 at halftime, Coconino overcame Pusch Ridge. The Panthers stepped up on defense and outscored their opponent 16-4 in the third quarter. Jada Golding and Kaylee Begay each scored 12 points in the victory.

AWARDS

After going 21-0 and claiming an elusive state title, the Northland Prep Spartans girls soccer team filled up the 2A Conference award list.

Placing a total of 12 on the roll call, including Michael Blair and Keith Hovis sharing coach of the year recognition, the Spartans cleaned house. Mia Blair was named Conference Player of the Year, and fellow freshman Ellie Karren won Offensive Player of the Year.

Karren led a long list of Spartans who made the first team, as Eleni Papas, Emma Blair and Mia Blair also earned the recognition. Garnering second-team honors were Delaney Page, Kiarra Hovis and Ginger Blodgett.

While Coconino and Flagstaff failed to get a player onto the conference awards roll call, the schools' volleyball players got attention in the 4A Conference. Coconino's Dana Parker was named Conference Offensive Player of the Year and made the second team as a hitter. For Flagstaff, Tara Brain made the first team as a middle blocker, while Hutton Hagerman made the second team as libero. Flagstaff's setter Brooklyn Quick also got on the second team.

On the boys side of Northland Prep soccer, Joey Haetzen and Zach Martin made the honorable mentions list of the 2A Conference.

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