The Lady Roadrunners are headed to the sectional tournament as the fourth seed after winning on the road at Chinle on Friday night. The Holbrook squad picked up its sixth win in a row with the 52-45 victory.
The Lady Birds led by four at the half, then expanded that lead to 11 heading into the fourth. Playing well as a team, they managed to hold the Lady Wildcats at arm’s length as they led by 10 with just a minute left in the fourth. Chinle forced Holbrook into some late game mistakes to trim the lead to seven, but the outcome was never really in jeopardy.
Holbrook had a balanced attack throughout the game. Kellin Bakurza led the team with 11 points. Heather Dudley added 10; Aaren LaRose, 9; Kaynasa Curley, 7; Shantina Kinlicheenie and Starla Smith, 6 each; Col’Bi Nez 2; and Samantha Smith, 1. They made 10 of 13 free throws and hit six shots from behind the arc.
Holbrook 13 17 13 9 52
Chinle 11 15 6 13 45
“This was a quality win for us. They have been playing everyone very tough in the Den this year and they really needed the win to help their overall state seeded,” said Coach Greg Perkins. “This was a good team win. None of the girls had an exceptional game, but everyone who played, played well. This is the type of performance we need to have the rest of the way to reach our goals.”
Holbrook was scheduled to face Window Rock on Tuesday night in Chinle. With a win, they would either see top ranked Page or number eight Alchesay at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10. A win in that game would put them into the championship game, as well as guarantee them a first round bye in the state tournament, which begins next week. Regardless of the outcome of the sectional tournament, Holbrook will be a high seed in the Division III state tournament, which gets underway on Wednesday, Feb. 15.
The Lady Roadrunners wrapped up the regular season with an overall record of 22-9. They were 14-4 in power point contests.