Jan 252013

The Lady Roadrunners stopped a six-game skid in Chinle on Saturday night after falling at Valley Sanders on Friday night.
Having lost to third ranked Valley a week earlier, the Holbrook squad found itself trailing by 14 points at the close of the first period. Sumer Olney and Starla Smith combined for nine second-period points, helping trim the lead to nine at the half. Three-point shots from Brittany Baldwin and Teyah Goldtooth in the third quarter weren’t enough to close the gap any further as Valley pulled out to a 15-point lead. In the fourth Holbrook forced some Lady Pirate turnovers and had the lead trimmed to five points with a couple minutes left, but a couple of mistakes and turnovers quickly gave a good Valley team the edge it needed to win the game 55-44.
“We played better, getting close a couple of times, but as they have all season, the turnover bugs cost us a chance at the end,” said Coach Greg Perkins.
“Jessica Paz really raised her level of play, getting back to where she was when the season started, which is certainly a positive thing to see. Now her teammates need to step up as much and we have a chance to do something special.”
Paz led the team with 10. Goldtooth added 8, Olney, 6, Starla Smith, 5, Col’Bi Nez, Shandie Demuth and Samantha Smith, 4 each, and Baldwin, 3.
Holbrook made two of four from the line and hit four treys.
After a long road trip to Chinle on Saturday Holbrook utilized some key three point shooting in the first half to build a seven-point lead. In the second half the Lady Birds never gave up that lead despite Chinle bat-tling tough down the stretch of the fourth quarter. Leading by three with 14 seconds left Holbrook gave up a two-point layup, then withstood a late turnover and an open three-point look by Chinle that bounced off the rim twice before falling off as the buzzer sounded, leaving the Lady Birds with a hard fought and much needed 53-52 win.
“We played well in the first half hitting, getting some big perimeter shots from our shooters. In the second they made some runs at us with their guards, but for once we made the majority of our free throw attempts and we got balanced scoring from the team to get a win we really needed, not only to stop a losing streak, but to keep us near the top 10 in the power point standings,” said the coach.
“Our schedule has been and will continue to be tough, but I think it is making us a better team in the long run. We still have to clean up our turnovers and play more physical, but I am pleased with where we are at heading into our final five games.”
Paz again played hard and led the team in scoring for the second straight night with 12 points. Starla Smith hit 11, going four for five at the line. Kaynasa Curley netted 10 despite playing limited minutes due to an injury. Goldtooth added 8 with a pair of treys. Baldwin also hit two three-point shots for her six points. Demuth added 4 and Olney, 2.
With the split Holbrook moved its overall mark to 17-9 with a 7-6 power point record.
After hosting Winslow on Tuesday, the Lady Birds will travel to Snowflake on Friday, Jan. 25, then host a Joseph City team that has already beaten them twice this season on Saturday, Jan. 26.