By Sam Conner —
The Page Sand Devils defeated the Winslow Bulldogs 49-46 in a game played in Winslow last Thursday, then fell to the Coconino Panthers the next night in another road game, 61-45. The losses left the Bulldogs with a record of 11-14 and may have jeopardized their chances for a berth in the state tournament.
The Bulldogs started with a poor first half against Page in which they trailed 13-9 after the first quarter and 22-13 at the half. The margin was still a substantial 41-29 after three quarters of play. Winslow finally cut into the lead in the final period, but it was too little, too late.
Marcus Begay led Page and all scorers with 17 points for the Sand Devils. Chavis Charley was also in double figures for Page with 12 points. Tyler Williams was the only Bulldog in double figures with 15 points.
Page 13 9 19 8 49
Winslow 9 4 16 17 46
Page: Michael Becerra 8, Chavis Charley 12, Marcus Begay 17, Carson Wright 2, Arvis Fowler 2, Dillon Nockedeneh 6 and Michael Pedlimen 2.
Winslow: Michael Goldtooth 5, Tyler Williams 15, Donovan Warren 6, Josh Danny 6, Lucas Shirley 2, Tremayne Nez 6 and Vincenzio Sells 6.
The first quarter of last Friday night’s game virtually sealed the fate of the Bulldogs as Coconino outscored them 17-3. The second quarter was not much better as the Panthers built a 31-13 halftime lead. The margin was 50-30 after three quarters and the contest was essentially over.
Williams led all scorers with 22 points for the Bulldogs, but was the only Winslow player with more than six points. Skyler Zwiefel led the Panthers with 19 points and Josh Ingram was also in double digits with 10 points for Coconino. Steven Sorden scored nine points for the Panthers.
Winslow 3 13 14 15 45
Coconino 17 14 19 11 61
Winslow: Michael Goldtooth 6, Tyler Williams 22, Josh Danny 5, Lucas Shirley 5, Tremayne Nez 4 and Vincenzio Sells 3.
Coconino: Michael Randel 7, Connor Wood 2, Skyler Zwiefel 19, Steven Sorden 9, Michael White 3, Jake Garland 5, Jason Corisliari 6 and Josh Ingram 10.
The Bulldogs will finish the regular season in Tuba City against the Warriors on Friday, Feb. 3.