Nov 302012

The Lady Roadrunners of Holbrook moved to 2-0 on Tuesday night with a 61-40 road win over Blue Ridge at Lakeside. The Lady Birds played a solid first half, but struggled to maintain a strong level of play in the second despite the 21-point victory.
“They came out in a man defense which surprised us a little, but I thought we executed very well in the first two quarters on the offensive end,” said Coach Greg Perkins. “Defensively, our pressure forced them into some turnovers and we built a sizeable lead early. In the second half, I thought we got really sloppy on both ends of the floor. We did a poor job rebounding, and our half-court defense wasn’t anywhere near our expectations for this team. We certainly have a lot of work to do before we hit the meat of our conference schedule.”
Holbrook’s good start led to a 26-11 lead through the first eight minutes of action. Kaynasa Curley scored 10 of her game high 17 in that frame. Starla Smith also came off the bench with a pair of three-pointers to help the cause. In the second, Curley added four more to her total and Brittany Baldwin hit the first of her three from behind the arc, helping Holbrook post a 38-17 halftime lead.
In the third the Lady Roadrunners struggled and were outscored by the Lady Jackets 10-8 in the quar-ter. Holbrook managed just two field goals in eight minutes and made only three of five charity shots. The Holbrook squad continued to struggle on the defensive end until midway through the fourth, although Blue Ridge never got closer than 18 points in the second half.
In the final minutes of the fourth the Lady Birds picked up their level of play to secure the win.
“Kaynasa played well for most of the game. We need her scoring like she did, which was good to see,” said the coach. “ We had a fairly balanced attack with eight of our nine players scoring, but we still had way too many turnovers and shot poorly from the free throw line. We will need to have drastic improvement down the road to compete with high quality teams.”
Along with Curley’s 17 points, Summer Olney added 10, Baldwin and Starla Smith, 9 each, Jessica Paz, 6, Shandie Demuth, 5, Teyah Goldtooth, 4, and Samantha Smith, 1.
Holbrook netted six three-point shots and made good on only nine of 21 free throw attempts. Blue Ridge hit 18 field goals, only one trey and made three of five charity tosses.
Holbrook 26 12 8 15 61
Blue Ridge 11 6 10 13 40
The Lady Birds will travel to St. Johns on Saturday, Dec. 1, then return to their home court to host Mogol-lon on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Next weekend they will have a chance to work out some more kinks with six scheduled games at the Round Valley Tournament, which begins on Thursday, Dec. 6.