She’s only a freshman but Salpointe standout Taliyah Henderson is already making a name for herself. Known as a championship sprinter in the track and field world, Henderson already sports a couple of Division I offers in basketball and her skill was evident in a 27-point outburst Monday night to help the Lancers defeat Catalina Foothills 90-33.
Salpointe (5-0) has not been challenged this year so far and the team is averaging 77 points while only giving up 17. Salpointe led Catalina Foothills 25-11 after the first period and 59-19 at the half. A 79-24 lead after the third quarter meant emptying he bench in the fourth with a running clock.
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Senior Kylee Callahan added 21 for Salpointe and junior Cambria Medina scored 17. Catalina Foothills (2-1) was led by senior standout Katie DiRoberto with 12 points and junior guard Reilly Clark had seven.
The Falcons are 2-0 in the 5A Conference and the program is led by first-year coach TJ Sanderson. The team hosts Williams Field (2-1) Tuesday night. Salpointe will travel to Mountain View (0-3) Tuesday night and the team will host Ironwood Ridge (1-2) on Thursday. Head coach Joe Luevano has his Lancers playing in the Nike Tournament of Champions over the winter break.
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