Dec 202013

The Lady Roadrunners came from behind to defeat Valley in Sanders Tuesday evening by a final of 64-53.
Holbrook fell behind 14-1 to start the game and really struggled to take care of the ball early, finishing the first period trailing 22-10. In the second quarter Holbrook found a little rhythm late in the half, trimming the Pirates’ lead to 32-24.
With barely two minutes gone in the third period the Birds wiped out their eight-point deficit and took their first lead of the game.
“We really played poorly to open the game and put ourselves in a big hole. We just didn’t come out ready to play and they jumped on us early, thanks mostly to our own mistakes,” said Holbrook Coach Greg Perkins.
“We stepped up our defense right off the bat in the second half and made some nice steals to get back in the game. Once we got the momentum turned in our favor we did a good job of extending the lead. We just can’t get so far behind good teams or we won’t be able to make those type of comebacks.”
Holbrook dominated the third quarter, outscoring the Pirates 28-10 to take a 10-point lead into the fourth. Dena Kinlicheenie and Cheyenne Lester capitalized on some steals and converted, scoring half of the team’s points in the frame. In the final period Holbrook made a few more mistakes, but played well enough on the defensive end to keep the margin around 10 for most of the quarter.
After struggling early in the game Summer Olney bounced back in the second half to lead the team in scoring with 11 points. Cheyenne Lester and Dena Kinlicheenie added 10 each, followed by Rochelle Nez with 8; Quanyyah Lester and Shandie Demuth, 6 each; Teyah Goldtooth and Tilly Kelly, 4 each; Dishie Kinlicheenie, 3; and Laurie Brown, 2.
Holbrook made 16 of 26 free throw attempts and hit just two shots from distance.
Valley was led in scoring by Rolanda Mitchell with 17. Latisha Nastacio added 12; Tamara Nez, 9; Terri Mitchell, 8; Megan Smith, 3; and Quaniesha Halkins and Shelly Nez, 2 each.
The Pirates made nine of 23 free throws and hit four treys.
With the win the Roadrunners improved to 8-2 on the season. After hosting Ganado at 6 o’clock tonight (Dec. 20), they will be off until playing in the Valley Christian Tournament Dec. 26-28. All of today’s boys’ and girls’ games will be played at Muñoz Gym beginning at 12 noon.