Feb 222012

A good season came to a close for the Lady Roadrunners on Saturday when they were knocked from the second round of the state tournament by defending champion Window Rock.

Holbrook started slow, but three-point shots from Aaren LaRose, Kaynasa Curley and Kellin Bakurza sparked a late first quarter run, which ended with the Lady Scouts on top 18-17. The second period was not as kind to the Lady Birds. Window Rock executed its half-court offense well and Holbrook struggled defensively, giving up perimeter shots and points in the paint. At the half Holbrook trailed 39-24.

Window Rock was able to keep Holbrook at bay the remainder of the game, ending the Lady Birds’ season with a 64-50 final score.

Curley played well, leading Holbrook with 14 points before leaving the game in the second half with an injury. LaRose added 12; Jessica Paz, 6; Shantina Kinlicheenie and Col’Bi Nez, 4 each; Bakurza and Heather Dudley, 3 each; and Samantha Smith and Starla Smith, 2 each. Holbrook made seven three-point shots and went nine for 19 from the free throw line.

Window Rock was led by Naomi Klah with 17 points. Francine Clark added 14; Arianna Asheka, 12; Skye Day, 8; Amber Hood Tsosie, 6; Shantelle Lizer, 3; and Makayla Lee and La Tosh Dodson, 2 each.

WRHS 18 21 11 14 64

Holbrook 17 7 8 18 50

“Obviously, it is disappointing to have what was a very good season come to a close,” said Coach Greg Perkins. “I have to give a ton of credit to Coach Chong and his Lady Scouts; they certainly played well and deserved to move on. But like I told the girls after the game, there is only one team that won’t finish the season with a loss.

“We didn’t play as well as we had hoped, but this one game doesn’t define our season. We won more games than the Lady Roadrunners have won in a very long time with our 23 wins. I can’t be any prouder of this group of girls. They have worked extremely hard for a long time to help this program continue to raise the bar. These young ladies have amazing character and are just a wonderful group to be around. I wouldn’t trade any of them for a gold ball.

“Yes, the seniors will certainly be missed, but our younger programs also had very good seasons, and we will continue to grow and improve next year. We will be back in the gym shortly and I’m already looking forward to next season.

“I would like to thank the parents and fans for their support of the girls throughout what was a long and successful season. I would also like to thank Coach Bakurza and Coach Stacey for their assistance,” concluded Coach Perkins.