After winning four straight games outside the North Region, the Lady Roadrunners got a heavy dose of North prowess last week losing big to both Chinle and Monument Valley. The Holbrook squad defeated Chinle prior to Christmas, but the Lady Wildcats have now won four straight playing in their new temporary home at the Community Center in Chinle.
Holbrook played well in the first period, making shots and leading 14-13 after the first eight minutes. From that point on, though, the game belonged to Chinle. The Lady Cats held Holbrook completely scoreless in the second period and limited the visitors to just 18 second half points in the 59-32 loss.
Col’bi Nez led Holbrook with 11 points. Aaren Billie added 6, Nyomi Yazzie and Shantina Kinlicheenie, 4 each, Jessica Paz, 3, and Kellin Bakurza and Samantha Sam, 2 each. Holbrook made just one three-point shot and converted just five of 10 free throws.
“We played well early on, but after the first period, we shot just 19 percent from the field and had over 30 turnovers, which will never add up to a win,” said Coach Greg Perkins. “That loss really stings us in the power point picture and puts us in a position where we need to knock off one of the best teams in the state to ensure a state tournament bid.”
Holbrook 14 0 6 12 32
Chinle 13 22 17 7 59
On Saturday Holbrook faced one of those top teams after a long bus ride to Kayenta. Monument Valley led Holbrook just 14-9 at the end of the first, but by halftime the Lady Mustangs had opened up a 24-10 lead. In the third Holbrook was able to cut the lead to single digits just once, but another poor shooting night kept the Lady Birds on the wrong side of a 49-30 final score.
Bakurza and Billie led Holbrook with 9 points each. Yazzie and Kaynasa Curley added 5 each, and Kinlicheenie, 2.
Holbrook 9 2 7 12 30
MV 14 10 11 14 49
With the two losses Holbrook falls to 15-8 on the season and still has just one region win. After hosting Winslow on Tuesday night, the Lady Roadrunners welcome top ranked and state champion favorite Window Rock for Senior Night on Thursday, Jan. 27.
“We certainly had a tough week, and this one will be even more difficult. We have to take better care of the ball and have to increase our shooting percentage drastically if we want to make a return trip to the state tournament. The North region teams are so much tougher than anywhere else in the state in girls’ basketball, but we have to have the fortitude to rise up to the challenge,” said Coach Perkins.
Holbrook wraps up the regular season next week with a road trip to Ganado on Tuesday, then the regular season finale in Winslow on Friday.