By Sam Conner –
The Valley Sanders Lady Pirates defeated the Winslow Lady Bulldogs 70-64 in a non-regional basketball game played at Winslow last Thursday night. The loss dropped Winslow’s record to 14-5 for the season. The Lady Bulldogs remained 4-1 in the 3A North Region. The strong 2A Lady Pirates improved their excellent record to 15-5 with the upset win over an excellent 3A Conference opponent.
Winslow led 19-15 after the first period and 41-36 at the half, but the Lady Pirates stormed back in the third quarter and had a 55-48 advantage going into the final period. Winslow was able to cut that lead by only a single point in the fourth quarter as Valley Sanders snatched the upset win.
Mattea Begaii of Winslow was the game high scorer with 21 points and Felencia Keams was also in double figures for the Lady Bulldogs with 11.
Valley Sanders had three players in double figures and another with nine points. Chelena Betoney led the Lady Pirates with 17 points, followed by Heather Mitchell with 15, Redrica Nez with 12 and Adrianna Nez with 9.
The Lady Bulldogs were to play at Holbrook on Tuesday in a 3A North Region contest. They will host Monument Valley in an important rematch on Friday, Jan. 28, then journey to Window Rock the next day for another regional contest.
Valley 15 21 19 15 70
Winslow 19 22 7 16 64
Valley Sanders: Adrianna Nez 9, Chelena Betoney 17, Kayla Katoney 6, Rolanda Mitchell 5, Samantha Matt 6, Redrica Nez 12 and Heather Mitchell 15.
Winslow: Gabby Stacey 7, Corey Nez 2, Mattea Begaii 21, Felencia Keams 11, Taramika Lee 5, Robina Villanueva 6, Tatum Charley 6 and Kiersten Nezzie 6.