Dec 282012

The Lady Roadrunners dropped two games in a row last week, one counting against their power point ranking and the other in the first round of the Winslow Winter Classic. They regrouped to post three wins at the Winslow tournament and claim the consolation championship.
Playing in Whiteriver Dec. 20, the Lady Birds played well, but saw a three-point lead over the Lady Falcons vanish in the final seconds. A late game technical due to a time out violation gave the home team an opportunity it took advantage of, handing the Lady Birds their first loss of the year.
“We actually played well in what was a good game by both teams. We knew going in that Alchesay is a very tough place to play. Unfortunately, we put ourselves in a position late in the game that allowed a book-keeping error at the main table to help decide the outcome of the game. If we had made a couple more free throws and played a little better defense on the perimeter late in the game, the time out situation would not have come into play,” said Coach Greg Perkins.
“Unfortunately, things didn’t come out like we had planned, but we need to look ahead to our January schedule and try to get a big road win somewhere to make up for this loss. We will have plenty of opportunities as we face many very good and highly ranked teams on the road in the next month.”
Kaynasa Curley led Holbrook with 17 points. Teyah Goldtooth added 12, Starla Smith, 11, and Col’Bi Nez and Jessica Paz, 4 each. Holbrook went seven for 11 at the line and hit seven three-point shots, four from Goldtooth.
After a late return to Holbrook, the Lady Roadrunners faced a tough Joseph City team in the first round of the Winslow Winter Classic.
“I had some concerns going in about our lack of rest, but Joseph City just is a terrible match up for us,” said Coach Perkins. “Their two big girls, Kristin Baldwin and Searra Hansen, give us problems we really have no solution for at this point. They combined for 42 points and even when we made up a big first half deficit, they were able to get the ball in to those two posts and hold us off. They are an impressive team.”
Holbrook fell to the Lady Wildcats 58-50 for their second straight loss after starting the season with 12 consecutive wins.
Curley again led the team with 19 points. Goldtooth added 9, Summer Charley, 5, Shandie Demuth and Nez, 4 each, Mariah Cummings, 3, and Paz, Summer Olney and Starla Smith, 2 each.
Playing their third game in less than 24 hours, Holbrook met up with Monument Valley in the second round of the tournament that evening. After a terrible game through three and a half quarters, the Lady Road-runners found themselves close enough to steal the win in the final minutes, coming away with a 55-52 vic-tory.
“We really struggled in this game. I think fatigue more than anything else caused us to have nearly 40 turn-overs,” said the coach. “Somehow we played good enough defense to keep close and in the end, Teyah hit a big three-point shot with the game tied to help us get the win, even though we were outplayed for most of the game.”
Curley again was solid, scoring 17 points. Nez added 9, Paz, 8, Goldtooth, 6, Cummings, 5, Starla Smith and Samantha Smith, 4 each, and Olney, 2.
Facing Snowflake in the consolation semifinals the next morning, the Lady Roadrunners played much bet-ter than the day before. They turned a two-point first period lead into a seven-point halftime edge. In the third Holbrook’s defense held the Lady Lobos to just five points, helping to extend the lead to over 20 points. With bench players on the court for the entire final quarter, the Lady Roadrunners went on to win 57-40.
“We finally got some rest, and the girls responded well. Starla gave us a spark on offense and the entire team played well on defense,” said Coach Perkins.
Starla Smith led the team with 16 points.
In the consolation championship game that evening, the Lady Roadrunners faced Tuba City, which came into the tournament ranked third in the state.
Holbrook trailed by two at the end of the first, but a 28-point second period sparked by five three-point buckets gave the Lady Birds a double-digit halftime lead. They continued to play well in the second half and went on to win the game 65-47 against a good opponent.
“This was the best game we have played in quite some time. Obviously, making shots helps, but I thought our defense really got the job done against a very good Warrior team,” said the coach. “Teyah, Kaynasa and Starla connecting from the outside really gave us a boost as the three combined for nine three-point shots.”
Goldtooth led the team with 17 points. Starla Smith added 14, Curley, 12, Nez, 7, Samantha Smith, 6, Paz, 5, and Cummings and Demuth, 2 each.
Holbrook headed into the Christmas break with an overall mark of 15-2 and was ranked ninth in the early season power rankings. The Lady Roadrunners were scheduled to face Window Rock in the first round of the Holiday Tournament of Champions at Chinle on Thursday, with one game each day through Saturday, Dec. 29. They will see either Ganado or Monument Valley in a second round game today (Dec. 28).
The Lady Roadrunners will return to regular season play on Saturday, Jan. 5, with a big game at Winslow. On Tuesday, Jan. 8, they face the Lady Wildcats in Joseph City.