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Dec 112013
 

The Lady Roadrunners won five of their six games at the Round Valley Tournament over the weekend, eventually coming home with third place in the 15-team field.
Holbrook opened the tourney on Thursday by picking up wins over Blue Ridge, 62-36, and El Paso, Texas, 55-37. Teyah Goldtooth paced the Lady Birds’ attack in the first outing with 15 points, eight of which came in the first period. Tilly Kelly and Adriana Monroe also made double figures, with Monroe getting her 12 in the final three periods.
“We played much better than we did against Chinle on Tuesday, however, the level of opponent wasn’t near as tough. We did take better care of the ball and our starting group really only played about a quarter, allowing younger girls to play quite a bit,” said Coach Greg Perkins.
Thursday afternoon Holbrook met up with El Paso and defeated the much bigger team by 18 points. Cheyenne Lester, Goldtooth and Monroe each connected from behind the arc in the first period, helping the Birds open up a comfortable working margin early in the game. Rochelle Nez took over in the second half, scoring all 10 of her points against the Tigers in just the third period. Goldtooth and Nez shared scoring honors with 10 points each. Shandie Demuth added 9.
Holbrook opened bracket play on Friday morning with a come from behind win over Alchesay, 47-41.
“Alchesay pretty much dominated us in our scrimmage and it was nice to see that we have improved since that time,” said the coach. “Teyah and Rochelle again played well, and we made seven three-point shots against their zone, which really helps. Tilly hit three of those, giving us a spark off the bench.”
Goldtooth and Nez again shared scoring honors with 13 points each. Kelly added 9.
Friday evening the Roadrunners took on Safford and started quickly with 19 first period points. Cheyenne Lester, Quanyyah Lester, and Demuth all hit long shots. Holbrook held a 10-point lead at the half, eventually expanding it to 20 before Safford made a little run in the fourth. The Roadrunners finally won the game 57-46. Quanyyah Lester and Goldtooth led the scoring with 11 each. Nez added 10; Demuth, 9; and Cheyenne Lester and Shinaya Wagner, 6 each.
That win moved Holbrook into the semifinal round on Saturday morning. Salt River, the defending state champion in Division IV, was the opponent with nine seniors on its team. Holbrook played well early, thanks to back-to-back three-point shots from Demuth to start the game, but by the end of the first period the Eagles held a 10-8 lead. The second period was tough for Holbrook. Salt River scored all of its points in the paint, with most coming from offensive rebounds as the Eagles used their size advantage to clear space. Holbrook certainly had its chances, but just couldn’t make easy shots in the paint. In fact for the whole game the Roadrunners made only two two-point field goals, both coming from Nez. Holbrook connected on seven treys, with three coming from Demuth, but the closest the Lady Birds could get was seven points before dropping their first game of the year, 47-36.
Playing for third and fourth place against the host team Round Valley on Saturday afternoon, Holbrook took third with an unimpressive 42-22 win.
“At this point in a six-game tournament after traveling back and forth for three days it is always tough to play hard. The younger girls played a big portion of the game, which is why we like this tournament. It gives us a chance to have some of our bench players get experience, and a chance to make a statement and push older players for varsity positions. Some of those younger girls stepped up and may get more playing time in the future if they keep working hard. We have to compete within our own program in order to compete with our regular season schedule,” said Coach Perkins.
Nez led Holbrook with 16 points, half of which came from the free throw line. Demuth again hit three from behind the arc for 9 points, followed by Quanyyah Lester and Monroe with 5 each.
Heading into the match up with defending state champion Winslow on Tuesday the Lady Roadrunners stood at 7-1 overall. After hosting the Bulldogs on Tuesday they will travel to Valley Sanders for games on Saturday, Dec. 14, then have nearly a week off to prepare for home games with Ganado on Friday, Dec. 20.