By Greg Perkins
The Snowflake Lady Lobos drew a split in their first two games of the new calendar year, picking up a road win at Payson last Thursday, then falling to a tough Winslow squad the next night.
They started quickly against the Lady Longhorns, doubling up the home team at the end of the first pe-riod. The Lady Lobos added another point to their cushion by the half to lead 21-14. The third quarter be-longed to the Lady Longhorns, who rallied back to knot the game at 29-29 heading to the fourth. In the final eight minutes Snowflake’s defense rose to the challenge, holding Payson to just five points while scoring 14 to win the game 43-34.
Katie Larson and Jessica Neff each scored 11 points to lead the Lady Lobos. Brylee Coplan added 10, Tycee Coplan and Marisa Godfrey both hit for 4, Britlee Merrell added 2 and Caitlin Christensen helped with 1. Snowflake went to the free throw line 33 times, in a physical game, making 13.
On Friday night the Lady Lobos returned home to host second ranked Winslow. The Lady Bulldogs proved worthy of their spot, jumping out to a 14-point first period lead. Snowflake scored better in the second period, but the deficit grew to 16 points at the half. Winslow went on to outscore the Lady Lobos again in the second half, winning the game 57-28.
The Lady Bulldogs are known for their defense, which forced 33 Snowflake turnovers.
Charly Flake led Snowflake with 8 points. Jessica Neff added 6, Kadi Johnson, Brylee Coplan, and Katie Larson, 4 each, and Shelbi Rawlins, 2.
With the split Snowflake moved its overall record to 6-11. After playing at Cibecue on Tuesday, the Lady Lobos will host Alchesay on Friday, Jan. 11, and Show Low on Saturday, Jan. 12. On Tuesday, Jan. 15, they face the Lady Falcons in Alchesay.
By Greg Perkins