By Sam Conner –
The Winslow Lady Bulldogs defeated the Flagstaff Lady Eagles and the Monument Valley Lady Mustangs last weekend, improving their record to an impressive 19-2.
Winslow hosted Flagstaff last Friday night and led 18-15 after the first quarter. The Lady Bulldogs had a 35-25 halftime advantage. The lead was a commanding 52-34 after three quarters, but the Lady Eagles cut into the margin in the final period.
Mattea Begaii led all scorers with 21 points for the Lady Bulldogs. Corey Nez was also in double figures for Winslow with 15 points.
Kyndell Kelly paced Flagstaff with 14 points. Both Kira Butler and Ranita David were in double figures for the Lady Eagles with 10 points each.
Flagstaff 15 10 9 18 52
Winslow 18 17 17 8 60
Flagstaff: Kira Butler 10, Savannah Bix 8, Ashleigh Begay 8, Kyndell Kelly 14, Ranita David 10, Semaj Blanton 1 and Hannah Townsend 1.
Winslow: Corey Nez 15, Mattea Begaii 21, Taramika Lee 2, Kiersten Nezzie 6, Tatum Charley 7, Halle Hayes 5 and Shandiin Armao 4.
The Lady Bulldogs traveled to Kayenta on Saturday, where they defeated the Monument Valley Lady Mustangs 56-53, a talented and top quality team.
Winslow led 15-13 after the first quarter and was up 32-29 at the halftime. The lead was a meager 46-42 after three quarters. The Lady Bulldogs canned four key free throws in the closing seconds to preserve the victory.
Begaii led all scorers with 25 points for the Lady Bulldogs. She was the only player in double figures for Winslow. Halle Hayes tallied eight for the victors, and Nez and Shandiin Armao each scored six.
Freshman Heidi Nelson led Monument Valley with 13 points. Ashley Holiday was in double figures for the Lady Mustangs with 12 points and Naomi Whitehair scored nine.
Winslow 15 17 14 10 56
Mon Valley 13 16 13 11 53
Winslow: Corey Nez 6, Mattea Begaii 25, Taramika Lee 2, Kiersten Nezzie 2, Tatum Charley 5, Halle Hayes 8, Robina Villanueva 2 and Shandiin Armao 6.
Monument Valley: Deezhi Thinn 4, Ashley Holiday 12, Brooke Curleyhair 3, Shaniah Dickson 6, Shalea Tallis 2, Naomi Whitehair 9, Tinnarrie Lameman 2, Heidi Nelson 13 and Briana Todachine 2.
The Lady Bulldogs were slated to host the Holbrook Lady Roadrunners on Tuesday. They will host the tough Page Lady Sand Devils on Thursday, Jan. 26. Page is the last team to beat the Lady Bulldogs and the only Arizona team to do so. Road games against Coconino in Flagstaff on Friday and the Tuba City Lady Warriors at Tuba City on Friday, Feb. 3, will complete the regular season.