It’s no secret that Hayley Henderson is the key to success for Palo Verde’s girls basketball team.
Carson High succeeded in containing her in the second half on Saturday, but Henderson took over in overtime to lead the Panthers to a 57-52 double-overtime victory in the Las Vegas Holiday Classic at Centennial.
Henderson, who led all scorers, posted eight of her 27 points in the extra periods.
“Everything goes through Hayley,” Palo Verde coach Phil Clarke said. “She is our vocal leader, and she leads by example.”
Henderson set the tone for her teammates in the first half, scoring 15 points to give the Panthers a 29-24 halftime lead.
But the Senators battled back to tie it at 48 late in the fourth quarter, and shots by Henderson and teammate Shameka Smith failed to fall in the final 10 seconds of regulation.
Carson took a 51-49 lead late in the first overtime, but Henderson took an inbounds pass and hurried the ball up the floor before nailing an 8-footer to send the game into a second overtime period.
“(Carson) pressed us, which let us get a running start,” Clarke said. “Hayley caught it on the run and got it in the lane to make the big shot.”
Henderson, who scored eight of Palo Verde’s nine overtime points, hit her fourth 3-pointer of the night early in the second overtime, and the Panthers closed on a 6-1 scoring run to seal the win.
“A win like this is especially big in a close game,” Clarke said. “It’s good to win and get off to a great start.”
Smith and Samantha Wayne each scored eight points for Palo Verde.
Gina Bianchi scored 17 points to pace Carson.
Coronado 42, Mojave 22 — Caitlin Trost and Courtney Whitaker each scored nine points to help the Cougars roll past the Rattlers.
Terrey’a Hymon scored seven points to lead Mojave, which was held to eight points in the first half.
Green Valley 62, South Anchorage 35 — Five Gators scored in double figures to help Green Valley cruise to a win.
Jazmine Jarvis scored 13 of her game-high 21 points in the first quarter to help the Gators establish an early 19-6 lead.
Teammate Danielle Christenson finished with three 3-pointers and 13 points.
Coronado 39, Pahrump Valley 30 — Stacy Rapp scored 13 points to help lift the Cougars over the Trojans.
Lindsay Decker added 12 points for Coronado, and Trost had 10.
Pahrump’s Kristi Daffer led all scorers with 15 points.
Silverado 61, Valley 42 — Shea Collins posted 21 points to lead the Skyhawks past the Vikings.
Alena Evans scored 14 points to help Silverado, which outscored Valley 21-4 in the third quarter.
Vanessa Corona led the Vikings with 21 points.
Dobson (Ariz.) 55, Pahrump Valley 31 — Andrea Jones scored 14 points to lead Dobson past the Trojans.
Alyson Kunzi scored 12 points to lead Pahrump, which kept the score close until being outscored 13-1 in the final quarter.
Centennial 99, Wellington (Canada) 16 — Alexis Byrd scored 31 points to help the Bulldogs log an easy opening-round win.
Courtney Hayes added 15 points for Centennial, which held Wellington to six field goals.
Douglas 47, Coronado 41 — Taryn Williams scored 15 points to help the Tigers edge the Cougars.
Whitaker scored 13 points to pace Coronado.
University (Calif.) 45, Durango 32 — Akemi Arzouman scored 16 of her game-high 26 points in the third quarter to help University pull away.
Mia Bell scored 14 points to lead the Trailblazers, and teammate Cherelle Hicks added 13.
Silverado 60, Spanish Springs 36 — Evans scored 23 points to help the Skyhawks roll to a victory.
Collins added 18 points for Silverado, which used a 19-5 second-quarter run to break open the game.
Dimond (Alaska) 69, Mojave 47 — Keiahnna Engel logged 24 points to lift Dimond past the Rattlers.
Jazzmine Robinson scored 20 points to lead Mojave.
Galena 43, Valley 27 — Emily Burns had 17 points to help the Grizzlies get past the Vikings.
Corona and Williams each scored 11 points to lead Valley, which lost despite holding Galena to two points in the fourth quarter.
Pahrump Valley 55, Mojave 38 — Casey Scheller scored 14 of her game-high 22 points in the first quarter to help the Trojans defeat the Rattlers.
Kunzi added 13 points for Pahrump, which outscored Mojave 20-8 in the fourth quarter.
Robinson led the Rattlers with 16 points.
Green Valley 73, Palo Verde 44 — Sarah Pickus had 24 points to lead five Gators in double figures.
Jarvis added 15 points, and Christenson, Vajae Robinson and Aja Flippen each had 10.
Smith scored 18 for Palo Verde.
Centennial 81, Durango 37 — Johnna Brown had 23 points as the hosts rolled.
Byrd added 16 points for Centennial, which led 52-14 at the half.
Bell had 14 pionts for Durango.