By Sam Conner –
The Winslow Bulldogs defeated the Valley Sanders Pirates 62-46 in a non-regional basketball game played at Winslow last Thursday night, then fell to the Show Low Cougars 56-47 in a non-regional basketball game played at home the following night. The Bulldogs record is 20-5 overall, and they lead the 3A North Region with a perfect 4-0 record.
The game with Valley Sanders was tied at 10-10 after the first period of play and Winslow led 31-25 at the half. The margin was increased to 44-35 in the third quarter and the Bulldogs pulled away in the final period.
Four Bulldogs finished in double figures led by Jevon Estelle with 18 points. Kraig Shirley scored 17 points, while Tyler Williams finished with 13 points and Michael Goldtooth added 10 for the winners.
Casey Quigley led the Pirates with 18 points and Arlyson Chago added nine for Valley Sanders.
Valley 10 15 10 11 46
Winslow 10 21 13 18 62
Valley Sanders: Casey Quigley 18, Arlyson Chago 9, Dusty James 4, Ryan Begay 4, Jake Yazzie 2, Lance Semallie 3 and Kevin Watchman 6.
Winslow: Michael Goldtooth 10, Tyler Williams 13, Kraig Shirley 17 Johnnie Woods 2, Jevon Estelle 18 and Brennan James 2.
The game with Show Low was closely played, much as was Winslow’s earlier 64-59 overtime win over the Cougars on the road. The Cougars looked much better than their 7-13 record would indicate, and the two teams appeared to be evenly matched.
The Bulldogs led by two points at the end of the first quarter, 12-10, and the intermission, 23-21, but the Cougars rallied to tie the game at 35-all after three quarters and pulled away for the win with a productive final period.
Williams led all scorers with 23 points for the Bulldogs, but Estelle was the only other Winslow player in double figures with 11 points and only three more players scored.
Rathen Ricedorff paced the Cougars with 21 points. Josh Weeks was also in double figures for Show Low with 15 points. Ian Zimmerman played an impressive game and scored 9 for the Cougars.
Show Low 10 11 14 21 56
Winslow 12 11 12 12 47
Show Low: Rathen Ricedorff 21, Ian Zimmerman 9, Austin Smith 3, Josh Weeks 15, Waymond Johnson 6 and Dallin Richardson 2.
Winslow: Tyler Williams 23, Kraig Shirley 7, Jevon Estelle 11, Mark Oliva 2 and Tremayne Nez 4.
There was no girls’ game, and the Show Low junior varsity won an exciting, but low scoring, 29-27 contest.
Winslow was to be at Holbrook on Tuesday, and will host Monument Valley on Friday, Jan. 28, and play at Window Rock the following day in important 3A North Region games.