Feb 042013

By Greg Perkins
The Lady Lobos headed into the final week of the regular season in a situation where they most likely needed to win at least two of their three remaining games to have a chance to make the state tourna-ment. Ranked 22nd overall with the top 24 advancing to post-season play Snowflake will need to win against three tough opponents. After hosting a tall and physical Joseph City team on Tuesday in their final home game of the season, the Lady Lobos will travel to Safford on Thursday, Jan. 31, and back to meet Blue Ridge on Friday, Feb. 1, in Lakeside for the regular season finale.
Last week the Lady Lobos defeated Show Low on Tuesday, then fell to Holbrook on Friday and Round Val-ley on Saturday.
Playing in Show Low, the Lady Lobos pulled away early, eventually claiming a 37-21 win over the Lady Cougars. Jessica Neff had a solid outing with 12 points and eight rebounds. Matti Scott and Brylee Coplan hit for 7 each, while Caitlin Christensen had 6 with eight boards. Kiana Natividad added 2, and Katie Larson, Shelbi Rawlins and Courtney Baldwin, 1 each.
On Friday night the Lobos welcomed in Holbrook and they were gracious hosts, allowing the Lady Road-runners to leave with a 52-31 win. Holbrook’s pressure gave the Lady Lobos problems throughout the game, forcing 35 Snowflake turnovers. The Lady Lobos played well defensively as Holbrook committed 30 turn-overs in what was a fairly ugly game. Christensen led with 9 points. Scott hit for 7, Charly Flake, 4, Marisa Godfrey and Coplan, 3 each, Baldwin and Brittlee Merrell, 2 each, and Alexa Jones, 1.
On Saturday night Round Valley came to town, and in what is always a physical contest when these two teams meet the Lady Elks prevailed, 45-38. Christensen led the way with 9 points. Neff recovered from a sprained ankle in the Holbrook game to score 8. Flake added 6, Scott and Larson, 4 each, Coplan, 3, and Natividad and Jones, 2 each.
Snowflake moved its overall record to 7-15 and was 6-9 in power point games heading into the final week.