By Greg Perkins —
The Lobos’ season came to a close with a loss to eventual Division III state champion Gilbert Christian on Friday evening, but not before they reached the semifinals for the first time since 1999. The Lobos made the trip to Jobing.com in Glendale thanks to a 67-56 win over Scottsdale Christian in the quarterfinal round on Monday night at Prescott Valley.
In the win Snowflake crept out to a two-point lead after one period and still led by two at the break. The third period was the turning point for the Lobos. They held the bigger Scottsdale squad to just nine points in the third to expand their own lead to 12 points heading to the fourth. In the final eight minutes they scored well enough to advance to the semifinal round on Friday.
Chase Walden led the team with 15 points. Jake Shumway added 12; Rick Shumway and Tanner Yellowhair, 10 each; Reggie Peterson, 9; Dallin Merrell, 8; and Dustin Baldwin, 3.
Scottsdale 11 18 9 18 56
Snowflake 13 18 19 17 67
On Friday afternoon third ranked Snowflake took to the floor against second ranked and highly touted Gilbert Christian. The Knights had not lost any regular season games, and with their tall lineup they were able to put an end to Snowflake’s season with a 70-52 win.
Snowflake played well early to lead by one at the end of the first, but in the second the Gilbert Christian squad began to show its mettle. The Knights opened up an eight-point lead at the half, then extended it to seventeen heading into the fourth. The Lobos played hard, but couldn’t get back into the game. With the loss the Lobos ended their season with an impressive mark of 26-5.
Walden led the team again with 21 points. Jake Shumway added 15; Peterson, 6; Yellowhair and Merrell, 4 each; and Baldwin, 2.
Snowflake 13 11 14 14 52
Gilbert 12 20 23 15 70
“We had a very good season. I think even if we had played very well, we still would have been in a good game against that team,” said Coach Andy Wood.
“This team did a good job. I am proud of the guys who tied the record for the most wins in school history with our 26 wins. Also this is the first time we have been to the semifinal round since 1999. We lose just three seniors, so we will soon be back in the gym again to get ready for next year.”