Feb 202013

The Lady Roadrunners earned wins through the first two rounds of the state basketball playoffs, which moved them into the quarterfinal round on Monday in Prescott Valley. There they met fourth ranked Tuba City and scored a 45-43 upset to move on to the semifinal round on Friday, Feb. 22, at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale.
Holbrook finished the regular season as the 12th overall seed, earning a first round home game against 21st ranked Estrella Foothills last Wednesday night.
The Lady Birds jumped out of the gate quickly, opening up an 11-2 lead only to have the Lady Wolves battle back and take a five-point halftime lead. In the third the Lady Roadrunners applied pressure, forcing turnovers and quickly turning the tables to lead by five heading to the fourth. In the fourth they took advantage of free throw opportunities to put the game away, 51-42.
“We played well early, and after getting behind our press worked well in the third to get us back in it,” said Coach Greg Perkins. “We struggled mightily shooting from the field, but got to the line, where we scored 21 points. They were an aggressive team, but we played well enough to move to the second round.”
Teyah Goldtooth led the team with 13 points after making nine of 15 free throws. Jessica Paz played through an injury to score 9, Starla Smith added 8, Kaynasa Curley, 7, Samantha Smith, 6, Brittany Baldwin and Col’Bi Nez, 3 each, and Summer Olney, 2.
With the win the Lady Birds met up with fifth seeded Alchesday on Saturday afternoon in the Skydome at Northern Arizona University.
Holbrook again played well early, with Baldwin connecting from the outside and Shandie Demuth getting the job done inside.
The Lady Roadrunner defense held the Lady Falcons to 17 first half points, giving Holbrook a 12-point halftime lead.
In the third, Holbrook struggled from the field and saw the Lady Falcons draw to within three points late in the quarter. Baldwin and Goldtooth then hit back-to-back treys on consecutive trips, which really gave the Lady Birds a boost heading to the fourth. In the final period Alchesay again trimmed the lead to a single possession before Holbrook iced the game away at the end with Starla Smith’s free throws in a 47-42 win, putting the Lady Roadrunners one game away from a trip to the semifinals in Glendale.
Baldwin led the way with six treys counting for 18 points. Demuth finished with 9, Goldtooth added 7, Starla Smith, 4, Paz, 3, Nez and Samantha Smith, 2 each, and Olney and Curley, 1 each.
“The girls played hard and never stopped fighting in what was a physical game. Brittany really bounced back from a rough shooting night on Wednesday and shot the lights out. Shandie also came off the bench and gave us a spark on both ends of the floor. Starla played superb in the first round and backed it up with another solid performance against Alchesay. Summer Olney did a great job doing the dirty work for us. She forced several loose balls, forced several jump balls and did a great job on the boards, as did Col’Bi. Those back to back threes from Brittany and Teyah were huge,” noted the coach.
The Lady Birds will most likely face top ranked Winslow in the semifinal round of the state tournament on Friday evening. The championship game will be on Saturday. Six of the final eight teams came from section one, with Winslow, Tuba City, Valley Sanders, Window Rock and Page joining Holbrook in the elite 8. It looks as if the entire final four will be north region teams.