Jan 092013

The Lady Roadrunners really struggled on Saturday against Winslow, losing by a final score of 68-37.
Holbrook played well in the second and third periods, getting outscored by only five in that span, but with only five points in the first period and just a single point in the fourth, there was no chance to defeat the second ranked Lady Bulldogs.
“Probably the most disappointing thing about this loss was that we knew everything they were going to do and we still couldn’t stop them,” said Coach Greg Perkins. “They are a very good team and well deserving of their lofty ranking, but they simply just outhustled and outworked us, especially in the paint and on the boards.
“If we expect to compete at the levels of the top teams in our region, which are also the top teams in the state, we have to work harder and play with more intensity. Otherwise we may not make the state tournament and if we do, it could be an early exit.
“I know we have the ability, because I have seen it at different times from different girls throughout the season. In our next 10 games we have to have every girl on the floor play to her potential in order to have a chance to win enough games to get a respectable seed in the state bracket. Just one or two girls playing well won’t get the job done like it did prior to Christmas break,” said the coach.
Winslow only had four girls score in the game, but three of them had big nights. Halle Hayes finished with a game high 23 points. Shandiin Armao added 19, Mattea Begaii had 18 and Marcella Joe finished with 8. Winslow made three treys, all by Begaii, and went 10 for 21 at the line.
Holbrook was led by Brittany Baldwin with 9 points. Col’Bi Nez, Starla Smith and Samantha Smith each hit for 6, Mariah Cummings added 4, and Jessica Paz, Summer Olney and Kaynasa Curley scored 2 each. Holbrook made seven three-point shots, but went just six for 12 at the line.
Holbrook 5 17 14 1 37
Winslow 17 20 16 15 68
With the loss Holbrook falls to 16-5 on the season. After visiting Joseph City on Tuesday, the Lady Road-runners will welcome in the top ranked Window Rock Scouts on Thursday, Jan. 10, and third ranked Valley Sanders on Friday, Jan. 11. Following Friday’s contest they will have a week off to prepare for a re-match with the Lady Pirates, this time in Sanders.
“We knew this schedule was coming, now we have to step up to meet the challenges these teams will bring us,” Coach Perkins noted.