Hoping to build on their elevated level of play from the final day at the Winslow Winter Classic, the Lady Roadrunners of Holbrook accomplished that by handling the Lady Lobos 67-33 on Monday night in Snowflake.
Both teams scored well in the first, but the Lady Birds held a seven-point edge after eight minutes of action. Aaren LaRose and Shantina Kinlicheenie combined for 11 of Holbrook’s 19 first quarter points. Tandis Yellowhair led the Lady Lobos with four.
In the second, Holbrook’s defense played well, forcing several Snowflake turnovers and limiting the Lady Lobos to just one field goal while building on its lead with a 17-point period. Kellin Bakurza, who led all scorers in the game with 17, picked up seven of hers in the second period.
The Lady Birds put away any doubt as to the outcome of the game by doubling up the Snowflake squad in the third quarter. Eight different Holbrook players scored in the quarter.
Holbrook kept the Lady Lobos out of their offense in the final period, holding them to just a four-point quarter in the win.
Holbrook was led by Bakurza with 17 points. LaRose added 14, Jessica Paz, 9, Kinlicheenie, 8, Heather Dudley, 5, Samantha Smith and Kaynasa Curley, 4 each, and Tamisha Yazzie, Col’Bi Nez and Samantha Smith, 2 each. Holbrook made five three-point shots and converted eight of 13 free throws.
The Lady Lobos were led by Devrie Woodside with 9 points. Tandis Yellowhair added 6, Tara Nezzie, 5, Natalie Elkins, 4, Caitlin Christensen and Lisha Titus, 3 each, Matti Scott, 2, and Katie Larsen, 1. They made no three-point shots, but converted 13 of 19 free throw attempts.
Holbrook 19 17 20 11 67
Snowflake 12 7 10 4 33
Holbrook headed into Thursday night’s matchup with Alchesay with an overall record of 10-4. The Lady Lobos fell to 7-7 on the season.
Holbrook will play in the Chinle Tournament beginning at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 28, against Monument Valley. The Lady Birds will face Tuba City at 3 o’clock that afternoon.