GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — The Lady Phantoms coasted for three quarters in the Jan. 25 game against the Williams Lady Vikings, but the game came down to the final moments of the game as junior Cayli Miles sank a clutch three-pointer for the road win, 66-63.
The Lady Phantoms started the game on a hot streak, outscoring the Lady Vikings by 15 points in the first quarter but struggling in the second as the Lady Vikings took the lead by one point heading into intermission. Sophomore Alana Keebahe provided a strong presence in the paint, and the Lady Phantoms were able to retake the lead by three points in the third quarter. The Lady Vikings threatened in the final period, outscoring the Lady Phantoms by seven points to tie the game. With the clock winding down, Miles tossed one up from beyond the arc with 10 seconds left, securing the win.
Miles led the Lady Phantoms with 30 points, 18 of which came from downtown; she also went 6-for-6 from the free throw line with three steals. Keebahe scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Kara Austin and Makiah Kennedy crashed the boards for a combined 22 rebounds.
The Lady Phantoms were back home the following day for a decisive win over the Mayer Lady Wildcats. The team’s tough defense held the Lady Wildcats to just three points in the first quarter and 10 points in the second, going into the locker room with what would be an insurmountable 30-point lead. Several junior varsity players saw floor time in the second half as the Lady Phantoms went on the defeat the Lady Wildcats 63-29.
Miles led all scorers with 27 points and five offensive rebounds, followed by Savannah Longhoma with 11 points and Maria Dugi with 10 points. Sherice Keevama had five points, Kennedy had four points and Anlylian Moquino had three points. Austin, Keebahe and Natalie Ramos all had one point apiece. Freshman Ariel Morris led the Lady Phantoms in rebounding with five.
Phantoms lose to Vikings, score comeback win over Mayer Wildcats
The Phantoms lost a game on the road to the Williams Vikings Jan. 25 after failing to find an answer for Will McMenamin, who scored more than half of the Vikings’ points. The game was tied at 10-all after the first period before the Vikings hit a 10-point run over the Phantoms in the second. Coming out of the locker room down by 10 points the Phantoms rallied to keep pace with the Vikings in the third, but were unable to make a dent in the Vikings’ lead, outscoring them by only one point. Scoring slowed in the final period as the Vikings outscored the Phantoms by seven points to win the game 69-53.
Aleryn Reid tallied 29 points, three assists and three steals, followed by Melakai Longhoma, who recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Cordell Bob had six points and Rufus Keebahe had four points; Markeith Donley and Elijah Dugi rounded out the scorers with two points each. Longhoma and Dugi combined for 17 total rebounds, including 10 offensive rebounds.
The Phantoms notched another win over the Mayer Wildcats the following day at Grand Canyon in a hard-fought game with consistent scoring across the board. The Phantoms were outscored by the Wildcats in the first quarter but came back in the second, earning a one-point lead heading into the locker room. Scoring was sluggish in the third quarter as Mayer regained some momentum, with the Phantoms only scoring 11 points. However, the Phantoms fought back hard in the final frame, outscoring the Wildcats 24 to 13 to take the win, 63-58.
Bob went 60 percent from the floor, scoring 20 points, including four three-pointers. Reid scored 12 points with three assists and three steals, while Dugi contributed 10 points and eight rebounds. Keebahe scored nine points, Longhoma scored eight points and Caius Kennedy and Nolan Lyle dropped in a bucket apiece.
Both the Phantoms and Lady Phantoms will face off against the Joseph City Wildcats in Joseph City Feb. 1.