By Sam Conner
The Winslow Lady Bulldogs defeated the Monument Valley Lady Mustangs 62-30 in the Arizona State Division III Tournament at Flagstaff on Saturday. The win improved Winslow’s record to an impressive 24-5 for the season. Winslow was to play the Safford Lady Bulldogs in Prescott on Monday in the next round of state tournament games. Monument Valley finished its season with a 12-18 record.
The Lady Bulldogs played exceptional defense and the game was essentially over before the first half ended. Monument Valley did not score a field goal until the third quarter. Winslow scored the first 10 points and led 17-4 after the first quarter. Monument Valley did not score in the second quarter and trailed an incredible 31-4 at the half. The Lady Mustangs played better in the third quarter, but Winslow still took a very commanding 49-18 lead into the final period.
Marcella Joe led all scorers with 22 points and did an excellent job of directing the Winslow attack. Shandiin Armao dominated the boards and scored 15 points for the Lady Bulldogs. Deeshi Thin was the leading scorer for the Lady Mustangs with 13 points. Ohiyah Shirley scored 9 for Monument Valley.
Mon Valley 4 0 14 12 30
Winslow 17 14 18 13 62
Monument Valley: Deeshi Thin 13, Ashley Holiday 1, Shaniya Cly 5, Ohiyah Shirley 9 and Shaniah Dickson 2.
Winslow: Marcella Joe 22, Shandiin Armao 15, Laylane Benslow 5, Mattea Begaii 5, Halle Hayes 5, Tannon Tom 5, Katonya Begay 2 and Kaelyn Bitsoi 2.
Safford earned the right to play Winslow on Monday with a 47-40 win over Many Farms on Saturday.
In other games, the Holbrook Lady Roadrunners defeated the Alchesay Lady Falcons 47-42, the Page Lady Sand Devils topped the Fountain Hills Lady Falcons 46-34, the Tuba City Lady Warriors defeated the Chinle Lady Wildcats 56-42, the Valley Sanders Lady Pirates defeated the Buckeye Lady Hawks 60-48, the Window Rock Lady Scouts defeated the Camp Verde Lady Cowboys 47-26 and the Gilbert Christian Lady Knights defeated the Valley Christian Lady Trojans 40-38.
By Sam Conner