Middle-schoolers<br>down Parks, 24-6
The Grand Canyon Middle School girls basketball team won its first game of the season Saturday by downing Parks Maine, 24-6.
Lindsay Haswood, left, fights for the ball on a rebound with an Ash Fork player.
Yadira Cabellero led the middle-school Phantoms with 14 points. Magen Timeche finished with six points. Lindsay Haswood and Violeta Caballero each scored two points.
Grand Canyon hosted the games, which also involved Seligman and Ash Fork.
In the team’s second game, a 20-14 loss to Ash Fork, the Phantoms nearly made a valiant second-half comeback.
Ash Fork shot out to an 11-5 lead in the first half. Grand Canyon’s only two baskets came on shots by Yadira Caballero and Heather Knight, who made a three-pointer.
Ash Fork then lengthened its lead in the second half to 17-5 at one point before Grand Canyon began to rally.
Timeche got things rolling with a three-pointer and then Violeta Caballero scored to pull the team to within 17-10.
With just 1:32 left in the game, Yadira Caballero scored to cut the deficit to five points.
But Ash Fork countered 14 seconds later with a three-point shot to increase its lead back up to eight. Yadira Cabellero scored another basket with 32 seconds left to account for the final margin.
Yadira Caballero ended up with six points. Haswood and Knight each scored three and Violeta Caballero scored two.
Grand Canyon goes to 1-5 on the season and will not see action again until Dec. 7 at Parks. Ash Fork, Seligman and Williams are also scheduled to compete there.