Feb 042013

A pair of strong defensive performances gave the Lady Roadrunners two much needed wins over Snow-flake and Joseph City last Friday and Saturday.
Playing in Snowflake on Friday night, Holbrook’s defense forced 35 Lady Lobo turnovers, helping the Lady Birds to a 52-31 road win. Holbrook led by just six at the half, but took control of the game in the third quarter by holding Snowflake to only two field goals.
Brittany Baldwin shot well from the outside, connecting on five three-point shots and finishing with 19 points overall to lead Holbrook. Col’Bi Nez added 10, Teyah Goldtooth, 8, Jessica Paz, 6, Rochelle Nez, 4, Summer Olney, 3 and Shandie Demuth, 2.
“We came into this game missing three regular players and the girls knew they would have to play well without getting their usual amount of rest. We forced several turnovers, but also had way too many turnovers on our own end,” said Coach Greg Perkins. “It was good to see Brittany regain her shooting touch, though.”
On Saturday, the Lady Birds hosted a Joseph City team that had already defeated them twice.
“With their size they are just a tough matchup for us. In our first two meetings we tried to take away their inside game by protecting the paint. This time around we decided to put more pressure on their perimeter players and it paid off. Their big girls still got points inside, but we forced their guards into several mistakes, which helped us get the win,” said the coach.
“This was a solid defensive game from everyone. I thought Samantha Smith played very well, helping to get their big players into foul trouble, which was key to the win. ”
Holbrook held a seven-point lead after one, but saw that margin cut to just one at the half. In the third, Holbrook made four three-point shots, one each from Paz, Baldwin, Goldtooth and Mariah Cummings, to take a three-point lead to the final period. Two more big outside shots in the final minutes from Baldwin and Goldtooth helped give Holbrook its third straight win.
Goldtooth led the team with 14 points, including four three-point bombs. Paz continued her good play, netting 10, Smith added 9, Olney and Baldwin, 6, Kaynasa Curley and Cummings, 3 each, and Col’Bi Nez and Rochelle Nez each helped with 2 in the 55-51 win.
With the two wins Holbrook improved its overall mark to 19-9. The Lady Birds were 9-6 in power point games and ranked ninth overall heading into the final week of the regular season. After hosting St. Johns on Tuesday, Holbrook will tangle with highly ranked Winslow tonight (Jan. 30), then wrap up the regular season by hosting Chinle on Friday night, Feb. 1. The Lady Birds will be in the state tournament, but their overall seeding depends on this week’s results. They are on the edge of making the sectional tournament, as well as receiving a first round bye in the state tournament.