By Greg Perkins
The Lady Lobos are off to a 4-2 start for the season after winning their first power point game, then going 3-2 at the Round Valley Tournament held over the weekend.
Snowflake opened the season at St. Johns on Tuesday. After a slow first period, the Lobos doubled up the Redskins by halftime. Snowflake’s defense held St. Johns scoreless in the fourth to win the game 49-24. Jessica Neff had a big game with 19 points and 18 rebounds. Annika Decker also played well with 8 points and 11 boards. Marisa Godfrey added 8 points; Macie Rawlins, 6; and Tori Flake, Tycee Coplan, Courtney Baldwin and Kadi Johnson, 2 each.
The Lobos opened play in the Round Valley tournament on Thursday in Eagar with a 43-23 loss to Thatcher. Neff and Coplan led offense with 6 each against a much taller Eagle lineup. Rawlins added 3, and Godfrey, Johnson, Melissa Eich and Decker, 2 each.
They bounced back that night with a 55-36 win over Silver City, N.M. Neff scored 24 points and grabbed 18 rebounds. Decker added 10 points; Godfrey and Coplan, 6 each; Johnson, 5 and 14 rebounds; Rawlins and Colie Burdick, 2 points each.
Friday’s first round of bracket play saw the Lobos win a thrilling two-point game over Ganado. Snowflake jumped out early and led until the final seconds when the Hornets tied the game. The Lobos hit some clutch free throws at the end, then held their breath while a last second three-point attempt from Ganado bounced off the rim, leaving Snowflake with a 46-44 win.
Neff was huge once again with 23 points and 17 rebounds. Decker added 8 points and eight boards. Johnson scored 6, followed by Rawlins with 4; Godfrey and Coplan, 2 each; and Baldwin, 1.
In the second round of bracket play the Lobos met up with Salt River and quickly found themselves in a big hole. The Eagles outscored Snowflake 23-3 in the first and 26-10 in the second to build a commanding lead. Snowflake played better in the second half, but ended up on the wrong end of a 70-30 final score. Godfrey scored her team high 12 points on four three-point shots. Coplan added 7; Decker, 3; and Rawlins, Johnson, Eich and Neff, 2 each.
In their final game of the tournament, which was played on Saturday, the Lobos came from behind to beat Safford 46-44 in overtime. Godfrey led the team with 11 points, followed by Coplan with 9; Decker and Neff, 8 each; Rawlins, 4; and Eich and Johnson, 3 each.
After hosting Blue Ridge on Tuesday, the Lobos will have a week off to prepare for their next game, which will be at home against Window Rock on Monday, Dec. 16.
By Greg Perkins