By Sam Conner
The Winslow Lady Bulldogs won the Winslow Winter Classic with a 68-53 victory over the Valley Sanders Lady Pirates last Saturday in a championship game that was much closer than the score indicates. Winslow had a four-point lead with less than a minute to play when a Lady Pirate was whistled for a foul and two technical fouls, which increased Winslow’s lead to double digits.
Valley Sanders trailed most of the first quarter, but rallied to lead 14-11, and led 35-31 at the half. Winslow came back to lead 49-48 at the end of three quarters. The fourth quarter was nip and tuck before the double technical foul put the game out of reach.
Laylane Benslow led all scorers with 21 points for Winslow. Shandiin Armao with 19 points and Mattea Begaii with 14 were also in double figures for the Lady Bulldogs. Halle Hayes with eight points and Marcella Joe with six completed the Winslow scoring.
Adrianna Nez led the Lady Pirates with 16 points, followed by Chelena Betoney and Kristen Quigley with 11 points each, Tamara Nez and Rolanda Mitchell with seven points.
Third Place Game
The Window Rock Lady Scouts won the third place game of the championship bracket with a 48-43 victory over the Chinle Lady Wildcats. Window Rock led 13-11 after the first quarter and 30-21 at the half, but Chinle came back to take a 38-34 lead after three quarters. Window Rock outscored the Lady Wildcats 14-5 in the final period to seal the win. Kristen Begay of Chinle led all scorers with 15 points. Aspen Shepherd with 11 and Arianne Sheka with 10 led Window Rock’s offense.
Valley Sanders 54,
Window Rock 44
The Valley Sanders Lady Pirates defeated the Window Rock Lady Scouts 54-44 to advance to the finals against Winslow. The Lady Pirates took an 18-16 first period lead and expanded it to 29-23 at the half and a commanding 46-33 after three quarters. Aspen Sheppard led Window Rock with 20 points. The Lady Pirates had three players in double figures led by Adrianna Nez with 19 points. Krista Quigley scored 15 points and Chelsea Betoney had 12 for the vic-tors.
Winslow 59, Chinle 38
The Winslow Lady Bulldogs cruised past the Chinle Lady Wildcats 59-38 in the other semi-final game to earn a berth in the finals against Valley Sanders. The Lady Bulldogs led 20-4 after the first period and 37-15 at the half. The margin was 51-29 after three quarters. Kristen Begay of Chinle led all scorers with 18 points. Shandiin Armao led Win-slow with 14 points. Mattea Begaii was also in double figures for the victors with 13 points and Tannon Tom added nine.
The Holbrook Lady Roadrunners took the consolation bracket championship with a 65-47 win over the Tuba City Lady Warriors. Tuba City led 12-10 after the first period, but Holbrook scored 28 points in the second to lead 38-27 at the half and was up a commanding 56-33 after three quarters. Ashley Lomaveya of Tuba City led all scorers with 14 points. Holbrook had three players in double figures, with Starla Smith scoring 13, Teyah Goldtooth, 12, and Col’Bi Nez, 10.
In consolation bracket play, the Tuba City Lady Warriors defeated the Hopi Lady Bruins 51-24 and the Holbrook Lady Roadrunners defeated the Monument Valley Lady Mustangs 55-52. Both advanced to the next round.
On Saturday, the Tuba City Lady Warriors defeated the Joseph City Lady Wildcats 61-49 to advance to the consola-tion bracket championship game. In the other consolation bracket semifinals, the Holbrook Lady Roadrunners defeated the Snowflake Lady Lobos 51-40.
In a consolation bracket game on Saturday morning the Monument Valley Lady Mustangs defeated the Hopi Lady Bruins, 61-43. In that game Monument Valley led 18-11 after the first period and 30-20 at the half. The margin was 44-34 after three quarters. Monument Valley had four players in double figures, including Kristen Smith and Heather Tsi-chine with 13 points each, Christa Shirley with 12 and Desyli Thin with 11. Natasha Robertson had 16 points for Hopi to lead all scorers. Lauren Tallas scored 11 for Hopi.
First And Second
Joseph City 58,
In the first game of the tournament the Joseph City Lady Wildcats defeated the Holbrook Lady Roadrunners 58-50 in a close contest that advanced them to play Window Rock later that day. The Lady Wildcats sped to a 20-8 first period lead, but only led by 26-25 at the half and were tied 38-38 after three quarters of play. Joseph City outscored Holbrook 20-12 in the final period to claim the victory. Searra Hansen and Kristin Baldwin each scored 22 points for the Lady Wildcats to lead all scorers. Taylor Hill was also in double figures for Joseph City. Kaynaia Curley led Holbrook with 19 points. Teyah Goldtooth scored nine for the Lady Roadrunners.
Snowflake 54, Hopi 32
The Snowflake Lady Lobos defeated the Hopi Lady Bruins 54-32 on Friday to earn a berth against Winslow later that night. Snowflake led 12-8 after the first period and a commanding 27-12 at the half and 36-16 after three quarters. Natasha Richardson of Hopi led all scorers with 15 points. Jessica Neff paced Snowflake with 14 points.
Valley Sanders 57,
Tuba City 51
The Valley Sanders Lady Pirates defeated the Tuba City Lady Warriors 57-51 in a tightly played contest on Friday. Tuba City led 13-12 after the first quarter, but Valley Sanders led 24-23 at the half and 37-35 after three quarters. Kris-ten Quigley of Valley Sanders led all scorers with 19 points. Adrianna Nez was also in double figures for the Lady Pi-rates with 10 points and Chalena Betoney scored nine for the victors. Samytha Parrish and Tate Tsingine both scored 15 points for Tuba City.
Monument Valley 37
The Chinle Lady Wildcats defeated the Monument Valley Lady Mustangs 45-37 in another first round game on Fri-day. Monument Valley led 15-11 after the first quarter, but Chinle was up 29-21 at the half and 34-29 after three quar-ters. Mary Claushee of Chinle was the only player in double figures with 19 points. Ashley Holiday led Monument Valley with nine points.
Window Rock 56,
Joseph City 46
The Window Rock Lady Scouts defeated the Joseph City Lady Wildcats 56-46 in a very tightly played game Friday. Joseph City led 10-9 after the first quarter, 28-22 at the half and 36-35 after three quarters. Window Rock outscored the Lady Wildcats 21-10 in the final period for the come from behind win. Searra Hansen of Joseph City led all scorers with 20 points. Kristen Baldwin was also in double figures for Joseph City with 12 points, as was Taylor Hill with 10 points. Naomi Klah led Window Rock with 17 points. Arianna Sheka with 13 points and Aspen Shepard with 10 points were also in double figures for the Lady Scouts.
Winslow 48, Snowflake 18
The Winslow Lady Bulldogs defeated the Snowflake Lady Lobos 48-18 on Friday in a game that was never in doubt. The Lady Bulldogs took control quickly, leading 19-4 after the first quarter and by a commanding 33-9 at the half. The margin was a whopping 45-15 after three quarters. Shandiin Armao led all scorers with 16 points, just one more than Mattea Begaii, who finished with 15 points for the Lady Bulldogs.
By Sam Conner