Pima wins EAC Holiday tourney in impressive fashion

Pima poses for photos with their trophy after winning the 46th Annual EAC Tournament. Lee Patterson/GilaValleyCentral

THATCHER — For only the 4th time in the 46-year history of the Eastern Arizona College Holiday Tournament the Pima Lady Roughriders are champions. Pima won in 2008, 1993 and 1992 prior to winning this year’s title.

Pima beat Willcox 92-14, Morenci 72-31 and then Thatcher 56-33 in the championship game. PHS moves to 12-1 one on the season. Their lone loss is to 4A Flagstaff in the championship of the Pepsi Invitational earlier this month.

Senior Saydee Allred led the Riders in the title game with 28 points and 11 rebounds to record her first career double-double and was named tournament MVP. Junior Ashlynn Chlarson added 14 pounds and 10 rebounds in the win as well.

Thatcher finished in 2nd place. Fort Thomas beat Morenci 72-68 to secure 3rd place. The 5th spot went to Safford with a win over St. David and Duncan took home 7th with a win over Willcox.

2021 All-Tournament Team