Nov 162012

The Lady Roadrunners of Holbrook return six seniors and two juniors, all with varsity experience, from last year’s basketball team, which posted a 23-11 record and finished the season as the No. 6 team in the state quarterfinal round. Playing in what is easily the toughest girls’ division in the state, Holbrook will need to draw on that experience to compete against some of the best teams from the area.
Returning seniors on the team include Jessica Paz, Brittany Baldwin, Kaynasa Curley, Samantha Smith, Col’Bi Nez and Starla Smith. Classmate Latanya Kinlicheenie joins the Lady Birds for her senior season as well. Two juniors, Shandie Demuth and Summer Charley, along with sophomores Summer Olney and Teyah Goldtooth, round out the varsity roster at this point.
“Even though we only have two returning starters in Paz and Curley, several of these players saw a lot of varsity minutes last season. Unfortunately, we lost senior Heather Dudley for the season due to an injury, but if we can stay relatively healthy the rest of the way, we have a chance to compete and improve on last year’s state playoff performance,” said Coach Greg Perkins. “Shandie and Samantha really need to step up their inside games, as they are the only size we have. We are a very short team, but we are blessed with more quickness this season than we have had in the past. We are going to have to depend on our speed and our defense to keep us in games, for the most part.”
Holbrook will face the Lady Eagles in a six-quarter scrimmage scheduled at 5 o’clock tonight at Flagstaff High School. The season kicks off on Monday, Nov. 19, when Holbrook plays host to Coconino. After the Thanksgiving break, the Lady Birds will travel to Lakeside on Tuesday, Nov. 27, to meet the Blue Ridge Lady Yellowjackets.
“Our schedule is brutal, but facing the teams we see every night helps us prepare for the post-season,” the coach explained.
Assisting Coach Perkins will be Claude Bakurza, Frank Stacey and Stevie Jackson.