Nov 262012

Holbrook’s Lady Roadrunners started the season with a hard fought, come from behind 57-53 home win over Coconino Monday night.
Holbrook started quickly with four three-point shots in the first and appeared to be the much better team early on. However, poor defense and foul trouble soon brought a hard playing Panther team right back into the game.
Holbrook’s eight-point cushion at the beginning of the second dwindled to just a one-point lead at the half. In the third all Holbrook could do was add a single point to the margin, leading 38-36 heading to the final eight minutes. Midway through the fourth the Panthers rallied and opened up an eight-point lead with just over three minutes left in the game.
Holbrook was able to get a couple of defensive stops and finally pulled ahead on a baseline shot and free throw from Samantha Smith. That bucket put Holbrook ahead for good with less than a minute left. Jessica Paz made some key free throws down the stretch to put the first game of the year into the win column for the Lady Roadrunners.
Paz led Holbrook’s scorers with 15 points. Samantha Smith added 9, with seven of those coming in the final period. Col’Bi Nez hit for 8, Brittany Baldwin and Teyah Goldtooth, 6 each, Starla Smith, 5, Kaynasa Curley, 4, and Shandie Demuth and Summer Charley, 2 each.
Holbrook made five three-point shots and went six for 13 at the line. Coconino hit zero from long distance, but made 15 of 30 free throw attempts.
“We started out really well, but midway through the second period, we got into foul trouble by letting them get the ball inside. We had to go deep into our bench and the girls played hard, but we lost some flow on the offensive end and kept fouling them way too much. It seemed like they spent the whole second quarter on the line,” said Coach Greg Perkins.
“In the fourth, they went on a little run and we found ourselves down by eight with around three minutes left. We focused on getting some steals and getting to the basket, where Jessica and Sam both hit some big shots for us down the stretch. It is always nice to start the season with a win, but we certainly have to clean up a lot of areas to be able to compete in our league.
“Give a ton of credit to Coconino and their new coach. They outplayed and outhustled us for a big stretch of the game. We were fortunate enough to have senior leaders to pull us through in the final minutes,” said the coach.
Coconino 12 16 8 17 53
Holbrook 20 9 9 19 57
The Lady Roadrunners will travel to Lakeside on Tuesday, Nov. 27, to face Blue Ridge, and will go back on the road on Saturday, Dec. 1, for games in St. Johns.