The Coconino Panthers struggled to find a rhythm on offense in their first loss to a Grand Canyon Region team this season, falling short on a fierce comeback attempt Saturday on the road in Prescott Valley, 45-41, to the Bradshaw Mountain Bears.
Jacob Begay recorded 25 points for the Panthers, who scored just four points in the second quarter and seven in the third. The sophomore scored nine points in both the first and final quarters and ended his night with five buckets from 3-point range.
Coconino (2-2, 2-1 Grand Canyon) went into the fourth quarter facing a 15-point deficit, but stormed back to take a lead with about 30 seconds to play. Bradshaw (4-3, 2-1 Grand Canyon) was clutch at the foul line down the stretch to hold off the visiting team's rally.
The Bears finished the game with 13 free throws hit to Coconino's seven.
Manuel Cardoza and Brennan Motes each had five points for the Panthers, and teammates Preston Olney and Roy Billups both added three apiece.
Coconino continues its five-game stretch of region games when it takes on the Prescott Badgers in Prescott for a 7 p.m. tipoff Monday.
COUGARS 57, SPARTANS 52
Northland Prep, for the first time this season, dropped back-to-back games as it came up short in a road contest against Chino Valley.
The 2A Spartans (3-2, 1-1 Central Region) played their second game in as many days Saturday. Chino Valley of the 3A Conference (3-2) snapped a two-game losing skid with the victory.
Per the schedule on the AIA's website, the Spartans will not be back in action until after the new year.
BEARS 48, PANTHERS 38
Scoring just three points in the second quarter, Coconino lost a road game in Prescott Valley to Grand Canyon Region foe Bradshaw Mountain.
The Panthers (4-2, 2-1 Grand Canyon) got nine first-half points from Oniah Barton-Paddock on her three 3s and trailed 18-14 at halftime to the Bears (4-3, 2-1 Grand Canyon).
Rylee Bundrick led Bradshaw in scoring with 21 points, and had just seven at the break. She got a double-double with 15 rebounds. Teammate Delanie Clark also had a double-double (14 points, 10 boards).
Coconino will be back in the Prescott area to take on another region foe on Monday. Tipoff at the Prescott Badgers is set for 5:30 p.m. Monday.
COUGARS 47, SPARTANS 24
Northland Prep lost to Chino Valley on the road, dropping its second straight game.
The 2A Spartans (3-3, 1-1 Central Region) are off from regular-season play until early 2019, according to the AIA schedule online.
Meanwhile, 3A Chino will take on NPA's region rival, Sedona Red Rock, on Tuesday in Sedona.
Flagstaff High School's Lyza Bosselmann is set to join the Gonzaga Bulldogs, Gonzaga women's soccer head coach Chris Watkins announced Thursday.
Bosselmann, a goalkeeper and National Honor Society student, intends to major in human physiology and has the goal of becoming a physical therapist, the Gonzaga press release said.