Feb 022011

Holbrook’s Lady Roadrunners weren’t able to enjoy their win over Winslow for very long, knowing that top ranked Window Rock was coming to town two days later. The Lady Scouts dropped their season opening game, but have since rolled off 19 straight wins, which included a 57-33 victory on Senior Night in Holbrook last Thursday.

Kaynasa Curley led the Lady Birds with four points in the first period, but the Lady Scouts doubled up Holbrook heading into the second. Curley scored Holbrook’s only points in the second and Window Rock netted just nine, but opened up a 15-point halftime cushion.

Three-point shots from Kenalda Quintero and Col’bi Nez and a pair of free throws from Kellin Bakurza were all Holbrook managed in the third. AIn the final quarter, Aaren Billie found the range, scoring all of her team high eight points in the final minutes. Nyomi Yazzie also hit from distance, but it was far too little too late as Window Rock rolled to the big win.

Billie led the team with 8 points. Curley added 6, Yazzie and Nez, 5 each, Quintero, 3, and Cina Cummings, Bakurza, and Shantina Kinlicheenie, 2 each. The Lady Birds made five three-point shots and both of their free throw attempts.

Window Rock was led by Francine Clark with 20. Arianne Sheka added 13, Ashley Mitchell, 11, Coralie Clark, 6, Sydney Perkins, 4, and Naomie Klah, 3. Window Rock hit three treys and converted six of nine charity tosses.

W Rock 16 9 16 16 57

Holbrook 8 2 8 15 33

“They are simply the best team we have faced all season, and they are heavy favorites to win the state title this year. They have size, strength and move the ball extremely well on offense. We defended them fairly well in the first half, but on offense we really struggled,” said Coach Greg Perkins.

“We need to learn to be aggressive against every team we play, not just ones that we know we are better than. We need to step up and finish this week off strong. If we can get past Ganado on Tuesday, we will more than likely make the state tournament for the second year in a row. Then we will just have to wait and see what type of match-up we get in the first round.

“When we go into Winslow on Friday, we know they will certainly be waiting for us. I’m sure they would like nothing more than to win their final game of the season on their Senior Night and avenge last week’s loss to us,” said the coach.

Holbrook is currently 16-9 on the season and 2-5 in region play.